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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. scientists felt pressured to tailor their writings on global warming to fit the Bush administration's skepticism, in some cases at the behest of an ex-oil industry lobbyist, a congressional committee heard on Tuesday.
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"Our investigations found high-quality science struggling to get out," Francesca Grifo of the watchdog group Union of Concerned Scientists told members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

A survey by the group found that 150 climate scientists personally experienced political interference in the past five years, for a total of at least 435 incidents.

"Nearly half of all respondents perceived or personally experienced pressure to eliminate the words 'climate change,' 'global warming' or other similar terms from a variety of communications," Grifo said.

Rick Piltz, a former U.S. government scientist who said he resigned in 2005 after pressure to soft-pedal findings on global warming, told the committee in prepared testimony that former White House official Phil Cooney took an active role in casting doubt on the consequences of global climate change.

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Scientists say Bush stifled data on climate
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
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Washington- Democrats who control Congress turned up the heat on President Bush's global warming policy Tuesday at an oversight hearing where witnesses claimed White House political operatives stifled government scientific findings on climate change and other topics.

"Without strong action to restore integrity to federal science, our nation will be ill prepared to deal with the challenges we face," warned Francesca Grifo of the Union of Concerned Scientists, which released a survey of 1,800 government scientists who described political interference at agencies that study climate change, as well as the Food and Drug Administration and Fish and Wildlife Service.

Republicans on the panel said Democrats were using the scientists to make their own political statements. California GOP Rep. Darrell Issa questioned whether the surveyed scientists were a "self-selected" group that was dissatisfied with the Bush administration.




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