More than 120 scientists across seven federal agencies say they have been
pressured to remove references to "climate change" and "global warming" from a
range of documents, including press releases and communications with Congress.
Roughly the same number say appointees altered the meaning of scientific
findings on climate contained in communications related to their research.
These findings, part of a new report compiled by two watchdog groups, shed new
light on complaints by a scattering of scientists over the past year who have
publicly complained that Bush administration appointees have tried to mute or
muzzle what researchers have to say about global warming.
"We are beyond the anecdotal," says Francesca Grifo, director of the scientific
integrity program at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), one of the two
groups, referring to press reports of a dozen instances of interference that