From the New York Times a story on a GAO report looking into “interference” with public releases of climate science at NASA:
Two years after James E. Hansen, the leading climate scientist at NASA, and other agency employees described a pattern of distortion and suppression of climate science by political appointees, the agency’s inspector general has concluded that such activities occurred and were “inconsistent” with the law that established the space program 50 years ago.
In a 48-page report issued on Monday as a result of a request in 2006 by 14 senators, the internal investigative office said the activities appeared limited to the headquarters press office.
No evidence was found showing that officials higher at NASA or in the Bush administration were involved in interfering with the release of climate science information, the report said.
Read the complete article here
Even with a reluctant NASA press office, it seems Jim Hansen has had no trouble making the news. The trend appears to be about 5000 articles/decade upwards. It seems to mirror the GISTEMP global temperature anomaly trend quite well.
Source: Roger Pielke Jr. Prometheus
Here’s a thought, maybe with Hansen spending so much time with the press, perhaps the press office just became a little bit numb to it all and spent “too much” time on getting the word out on other important science news from the agency?
In any event, Dr. Hansen has been heard far and wide.