The Washington Times today updates Climategate's spawn, NASAgate, as the space agency's response to FOIA-filer Chris Horner (who is also EPA's and NOAA's hunk o' burnin' love) has lagged, dragged and sagged for nearly three years. Naturally NASA (did you realize if you add "E-U" backwards you can make "NAUSEA?") global warming whinetists Gavin Schmidt (hobbyist during work time?) and James Hansen (activist all the time) are not happy that their important work runs in fits and starts (phenomenon known as data-manipulatus interruptus):
Schmidt said information requests have ballooned in recent months and that he thinks those making the inquiries are trying "to put a chilling effect on scientists speaking out in public."
And James E. Hansen, director of [NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies], said in a March memo that responding to FOIAs takes away from his time to do research.
He called it "a waste of taxpayer money" and questioned the motives of those filing FOIA requests.
"It seems that a primary objective of the FOIA requesters and the 'harvesters' is discussions that they can snip and quote out of context," he said, warning that could confuse the public and that might delay the pressure Mr. Hansen said will be needed to force policymakers to combat global warming.
Is applying pressure and force part of Hansen's publicly-funded job description? Does he need a blowout preventer?
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