Några av mina bloggläsare hyser ett stort förtroende för NASA och vägrar godta möjligheten att denna skulle lämna ifrån sig felaktig eller missledande information.
Tyvärr har nu NASA själva kommit fram till att någonting är ruttet inom organisationen. Som Magnus så riktigt skriver i en kommentar till mitt tidigare inlägg, har NASA precis publicerat en rapport i vilken det konstateras att NASA Office of Public Affairs under tiden 2004 till 2006 mörkat information om klimatförändringar.
On September 29, 2006, 14 United States Senators cosigned a letter to the NASA Inspector General to request a formal investigation into allegations of ”political interference” with the work of scientists at NASA. In particular, the letter conveyed the Senators’ concern with apparent and ”repeated instances of scientists . . . having publication of their research and access to the media blocked, solely based upon their views and conclusions regarding the reality and impacts of global warming.” The letter also identified areas of specific concern coupled with a request for this Office ”to conduct a full and thorough investigation into the suppression of science and censorship of scientists at [NASA].”
Our investigation found that during the fall of 2004 through early 2006, the NASA Headquarters Office of Public Affairs managed the topic of climate change in a manner that reduced, marginalized, or mischaracterized climate change science made available to the general public through those particular media over which the Office of Public Affairs had control (i.e., news releases and media access).
Further, it is our conclusion that the NASA Headquarters Office of Public Affairs’ actions were inconsistent with the mandate and intent of NASA’s controlling legislation–the National Aeronautics and Space Act of 19581 (Space Act) and NASA’s implementing regulations–insomuch as they prevented ”the widest practicable and appropriate dissemination” of information concerning NASA’s activities and results.
(…) the defects we found are associated with the manner of operation of the NASA Headquarters Office of Public Affairs and are largely due to the actions of a few key senior employees of that office.
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