Reps for 10,000 EPA Scientists and Staff File Mass Petition to Address Warming -- And Censorship

Wed, 2006-11-29 10:01Ross Gelbspan
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Reps for 10,000 EPA Scientists and Staff File Mass Petition to Address Warming -- And Censorship

The major representative bodies for ten thousand some-odd EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) scientists, engineers and technical specialists have signed a petition demanding Congress address global warming – and the muzzling of government scientists.

Update: similar language came out of Canada's public service today regarding cuts to climate change programs.

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10,000 EPA scientists? Now that’s a stretch. The petition was signed by the heads of 22 different unions representing 10,000 workers. Individual workers did not sign. And some of those “expert” unions on the issue of climate change? Well, there is 1)the American Federation of Government Employees, 2) the Engineers and Scientists of California, 3) the National Association of Government Employees, 4)the National Association of Independent Labor, and 5) the National Treasury Employees Union to name a few. Support staff, such as clerical workers, are included in this figure of 10,000. EPA scientists indeed.

“In an unprecedented action, representatives for more than 10,000 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency scientists are calling on Congress to take immediate action against global warming, according to a petition released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).”

That's the quote from the release — representatives “for more than 10,000 EPA scientists” – it's quite a wordy statement, and I will make the change. Thanks, Kevin

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