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O'Hara Factor
Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Likins Administration participates in Barton controversy

Having spent so much time in the Eastern Hemisphere during the month of July, I have largely been unaware of national news back home, so I'm completely new to the controversy surrounding Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX).

Confirmed by multiple sources, Barton (who chairs the House Committee on Energy and Commerce) along with Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY) (who chairs the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations), wrote memos dated June 23 to UA professor Malcolm Hughes and four of his collegues requesting data on a global warming study that apparently went all the way to the United Nations.

UA president Peter Likins has denounced Barton's actions with a memo of his own to deans, directors, and department heads.

Looks like petty bickering to me, though I still don't know much about this. I found it on Chris C Mooney, so check his blog for more details and links.


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So, this tree-hugger Hughes, funded by taxpayer money, wrote some papers suggesting that the 1990s were warmer than previous decades (which proves nothing regarding greenhouse emissions), and now he's bent out of shape that some congressman want to check his credentials? If he's using taxpayer money, than the taxpayers are his supervisors -- overseen by their elected representatives (who is this case, seem like power-hungry dolts).

The problem here is government funded "science." If Likins wants integrity and scientific freedom, he needs to stop sucking off the teats of the taxpayers.

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