If I wanted to kill off climate science........
I'm not big on conspiracy theories. However, I started thinking about what I would do if I wanted to kill climate change science and remain friends with some oil buddies. So this is my plan of action:
Place an oil lobbyist as the chief of staff for the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Have him edit the work of scientists. Anything regarding climate change must be heavily edited.
BBC: Bush aide 'edited climate papers'
Suppress, edit and delete the voices of scientists at NASA as well. If the director of NASA's Goddard Institute of Space studies reports warmest temperatures in a century, threaten him with "dire consequences".
NYT's: Climate Expert Says NASA Tried to Silence Him
CBS: Rewriting the Science
"Eliminat[e] virtually all scientific research funded by NASA". When Congressman John Culberson (R-T) and many other Senators and Congressmen complain just stress that manned missions are far more important than scientific discovery.
Remove the highlighted part from NASA's motto “To understand and protect our home planet; to explore the universe and search for life; to inspire the next generation of explorers ... as only NASA can.” In other words, make it official that NASA is to ignore the one planet we live on.
NYT's : NASA’s Goals Delete Mention of Home Planet
Box up all climate satellites. Who cares if they are finished and cost 100 million to build. If France or the Ukraine offers to launch them into space for free just say "no thanks". Don't give any reasons why. Just box those satellites up.
SEED: FREE DSCOVR!
Cook the climate change and alternative energy research budgets. Make it seem like they are growing when you are really slashing the funds. Ignore useful technologies and only invest in technologies that have no future such as hydrogen.
The Bush Administration Climate Budget — Cooking the Books while Cooking the Planet
Rewrite the alternative energy accounting books so that not even the Government Accountability Office can understand them. This should prevent the crazy environmental activists from trying to figure out what you are up to.
Put the gag on NOAA scientists as well.
SALON: Climate-controlled White House
Appoint someone bold enough to violate the law (video) as the head of NOAA. Have him delay and suppress any regular reports put out by NOAA regarding climate change even if this requires him to violate Congressional statutes.
US Senates Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Wed, June 8 2005
Turn NASA into a military operation. This is a good way to cover up the the budget cuts in scientific research. It helps us ignore things like global warming, CFC's, pollution and similar nonsense. NASA's budget stays the same. This way it looks like scientists are just bitter that their projects are being cut for more important things.
Digg comment & article
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Let your friends use their oil money to create a complex network of oil funded lobbyists that make it look like scientists aren't in agreement when there is no doubt they really are in agreement.
It's just a theory though. Oh wait.......