As this issue of the magazine was being prepared, the House Committee on Oversight and Governmental Reform was holding a hearing on the way the Bush administration has treated the issue of climate change. The administration has not been very interested in the topic, and until recently didn’t allow the phrase to be uttered. Witnesses at the hearing testified that government officials had “delayed, altered or watered down the findings of governmental scientists.”
Drew Shindell, a NASA scientist, reported on his research finding which indicates that Antarctica may be warming more rapidly than anyone anticipated. When his report was published, he said, he found that the conclusions had been “watered down” and references to rapid warming “deleted by the government.” Several other witnesses provided similar testimony.