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Lionel Mandrake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 08:05 PM
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Dick Cheney doesn't want scientists to investigate global warming.
Physicist Bob Park had this to say today in his newsletter:

<begin quote>
1. TRIANA: WHY DOES THIS ADMINISTRATION HATE IT SO MUCH?
Could it be because Al Gores initials are on it? They changed the name,
but the initials wouldnt rub off. Three years ago while Congress was out
of town for the Christmas break, I heard NASA was quietly terminating
Triana, a.k.a. DSCOVR, http://bobpark.physics.umd.edu/WN06/wn010606 . How
could this happen? The $100 million observatory was already built. It
was meant to answer the most fundamental question of climate science: what
is the energy balance between solar radiation falling on Earth and
reflected or reradiated energy? Global warming deniers all claim solar
variation is the major factor in global climate change. Is it? Well,
Triana is the only experiment that can unequivocally answer that
question. But I couldnt find a single global warming denier who wanted
it tested. So I wrote an op-ed for the NY Times; but maybe nobody read
it, http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/15/opinion/15park.html . Its still
timely; the NY Times should feel free to reprint it without change.

2. DSCOVR: A DICK CHENEY SHOTGUN BLAST BLINDS THE WORLD.
The Nov 19, 2008 online Nature news, reported that the NASA
reauthorization bill ordered the agency to come up with a plan for
DSCOVR. The article quoted Francisco Valero of Scripps, the missions
principle investigator, who estimated that it would take $117 million to
refurbish and launch DSCOVR. The Air Force offered to launch it, but
incredibly, only if all Earth observation equipment is removed. This led
me to wonder if there could be a national security reason. No, Dick
Cheney just doesnt want to hear about global warming. DeSmogBlog, the
best of the environmental blogs, quotes an unnamed source within NASA who
spoke on the condition of anonymity, saying Cheney was the hatchet man,
intent from the beginning on killing DSCOVR, and keeping Bushs
fingerprints off the axe. And why did I have to learn about this from a
UK science magazine and a Canadian blog? The only major U.S. paper that
mentioned it was the Houston Chronicle.
<end quote>

Source: whatsnew@bobpark.org


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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 08:23 PM
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1. No major surprise here!
Cheney is a science-hating rat bastard.

He's not interested in supporting topics that won't advance either his agenda, or his friends'...

Thanks for the link!

K&R

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Lionel Mandrake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:31 PM
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2. But this is different.
Usually Cheney shits on the USA and a few other countries. Here he is shitting on the whole world.
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eowyn_of_rohan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:43 PM
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3. He doesn't want us to find out how much he & BFEE have to do with it
enough said.
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Lionel Mandrake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 11:55 PM
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4. Who or what is BFEE?
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 12:07 AM
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5. Bush Family Evil Empire, I think...
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Lionel Mandrake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 12:57 AM
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6. Correction: the source is
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