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December 03, 2009

NASA Also (of Course) Hiding Climate Data Under Religious Zealout James Hansen; Another FOIA Suit to be Filed to Compel Release

This researcher has been pressing FOIA claims since 2007.

The fight over global warming science is about to cross the Atlantic with a U.S. researcher poised to sue NASA, demanding release of the same kind of climate data that has landed a leading British center in hot water over charges it skewed its data.

Chris Horner, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, said NASA has refused for two years to provide information under the Freedom of Information Act that would show how the agency has shaped its climate data and would explain why the agency has repeatedly had to correct its data going as far back as the 1930s.

“I assume that what is there is highly damaging,” Mr. Horner said. “These guys are quite clearly bound and determined not to reveal their internal discussions about this.”

The numbers matter. Under pressure in 2007, NASA recalculated its data and found that 1934, not 1998, was the hottest year in its records for the contiguous 48 states. NASA later changed that data again, and now 1998 and 2006 are tied for first, with 1934 slightly cooler.

He wants not just the data and the corrections but the discussions that led to the "corrections." He wants, in other words, a record of the believed conspiracy, here.

He should have it, of course. If there's nothing to see there's nothing to see. But as far as I know NASA is taxpayer funded, and we all own their workproduct, and everything that goes into it.


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