The top climate scientist at NASA says the Bush administration has tried to stop him from speaking out since he gave a lecture last month calling for prompt reductions in emissions of greenhouse gases linked to global warming.
The scientist, James E. Hansen, longtime director of the agency’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, said in an interview that officials at NASA headquarters had ordered the public affairs staff to review his coming lectures, papers, postings on the Goddard Web site and requests for interviews from journalists.
Dr. Hansen said he would ignore the restrictions.
We appreciate that Dr. Hansen will continue to speak out. Censorship isn’t healthy for science or democracy.
Update (1/29/06): An interesting article in the Washington Post, Debate on Climate Shifts to Issue of Irreparable Change quotes Dr. Hansen rather extensively and talks about efforts by the administration to silence him.