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hatrack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 11:24 AM
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TVA's New Spokesmodel Bush Appointee Deeply Involved In NASA Censorship Flap Re. Hansen
TVA's new spokesman brought in to help rehab its credibility after the coal ash disaster was enmeshed at his previous job at NASA in a Bush administration controversy in which climate change scientists said they were censored.

David Mould's name is sprinkled throughout a National Aeronautics and Space Administration inspector general's 2008 investigation report that says the agency's public affairs headquarters "managed the topic of climate change in a manner that reduced, marginalized, or mischaracterized climate change science." The Tennessee Valley Authority hired Mould to oversee its public affairs operation last summer in the wake of its own inspector general's report castigating the public power producer on several grounds, including lack of transparency and accurate information after coal ash cascaded into an East Tennessee community and river.


Some things were hard to track because much was done orally, not in writing, he said, and e-mail at NASA was wiped clean more quickly than it should have been, the report said.

Mould said he never changed anything any scientist wrote and has never even met Hansen. Bowen interviewed Mould, but Mould said he seemed to be a Hansen devotee with an agenda. The book was written with malice and disregard for the truth, Mould said. He considered a libel suit but attorneys told him he was a public figure and couldn't win.

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