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Enviro-Mich message from Larry Nooden <ldnum@umich.edu>
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Empty Promises on Warming! President Bush's Rose Garden speech last week seemed cynically designed to prevent others from showing the leadership he refuses to provide.

<http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/22/opinion/22tue1.html?_r=1&th&emc=th&oref=slogin>

Unfortunately, this is only the "tip of iceberg" . Recent efforts to keep information on the plight of polar bears in the Arctic, shifts in diseases with climate change, Great Lakes pollution (Science 319: 1026, 2008) demonstrate an unwillingness to work with the facts such as they are if they displease large financial backers and ideologues.

Apparently, suppression is not effective enough, so efforts are being made to mange the information and public opinion through ideologues posing as independent/unbiased experts. In this, it is the Iraq War, but the principle probably extends broadly.

<http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/20/washington/20generals.html?th&emc=th>

Several reliable scientific sources such as Science, the weekly journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (e.g., Science 319: 1161, 2008), and the Union of Concerned Scientists have repeatedly noted that ideological and special interest information managers have been planted at the highest levels in many, if not all, federal agencies. In other words, there are many "Brownies out there doing a heck of a job" and replacing them with job-qualified people will be a major task for the new President. I can not see how this can be done without a major change in political power. And, changes in political financing seem necessary as well.




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