Century Marks

Witch-hunt? Three scientists who gathered evidence about climate change are being investigated by Joe Barton (R., Tex.), chair of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. These scientists contributed to a 2001 study that argued that human-produced carbon emissions are at least partially to blame for global warming and that the need to curb greenhouse gases is urgent. Barton, a Texan closely tied to the fossil fuel industry, has demanded that the researchers turn over information about their funding, the methods used in their research and their publications. Sherwood Boehlert, Republican chair of the House science committee, has called this investigation “truly chilling,” and said that it “seeks to erase the line between science and politics” (Guardian, August 30).


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