A climate clearinghouse?: Two takes

| Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010

Editor's note: Trib editorial writers Bob Pellegrino and Alan Wallace take different paths but arrive at much the same conclusion over news that the Obama administration will create a climate-change clearinghouse:

To further confound the public's perception of climate-change "science," President Obama wants to create a new ministry of information.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Service, expected to bow by year's end, would provide "one-stop shopping into the world of climate information," says NOAA chief Jane Lubchenco. "Climate change is real, it's happening now."

Just don't pay any attention to the large body of peer-reviewed scientific evidence to the contrary.

The agency, which would combine portions of the National Weather Service and some NOAA offices -- at a cost to be determined, of course -- might have credibility if it offered some analysis of research that disputes man-made climate influences.

Or if it addressed findings that climate data through the years have been manipulated to substantiate a predetermined conclusion.

But as more cash and political capital are plowed into government "solutions," even the most damning evidence of scientific fraud is muted.

And an agency more appropriate to a Marxist regime is unveiled.

-- Bob Pellegrino

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