Whether or not this latest hurricane is a direct result of global warming is still up for debate. The vast majority of Americans feel the planet is in a climate shift that has been caused by the burning of fossil fuels. The same administration that has been slow to react to the disaster of hurricane Katrina has also be directing a policy of punishing distinguished scientists who contradict their ideas. This recent article in The Guardian shows the extent to which this administration is willing to go to repress and punish the messengers of the truth.
Republicans accused of witch-hunt against climate change scientists
Paul Brown, environment correspondent
Tuesday August 30, 2005
Some of America's leading scientists have accused Republican politicians of intimidating climate-change experts by placing them under unprecedented scrutiny.
A far-reaching inquiry into the careers of three of the US's most senior climate specialists has been launched by Joe Barton, the chairman of the House of Representatives committee on energy and commerce. He has demanded details of all their sources of funding, methods and everything they have ever published.
Mr Barton, a Texan closely associated with the fossil-fuel lobby, has spent his 11 years as chairman opposing every piece of legislation designed to combat climate change.
He is using the wide powers of his committee to force the scientists to produce great quantities of material after alleging flaws and lack of transparency in their research. He is working with Ed Whitfield, the chairman of the sub-committee on oversight and investigations.