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In January, the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing regarding the interference of government interests in scientific research, specifically pertaining to climatology. You can read the original witness testimonies here, and find some further reading worth recommending in Atmosphere of Pressure (pdf). A follow-up hearing was held yesterday, in which a few more testimonies were given and an updated draft of its compilation of exhibits (big pdf) and a memorandum (fun-size pdf) were presented. If you skip everything else, the latter will suffice as an overview.
From the deposition of Philip Cooney, former Chief of Staff, White House Council on Environmental Quality:
Q: ...[the American Petroleum Institute] was concerned about the issue of climate change because they did not want this country or other countries to reduce petroleum product use; is that correct?
A: Someone wrote that reason on this sheet. API had a number of policy concerns relating to climate that went beyond the narrow potential of reduced petroleum use. I think that there was a general and well-founded and consensus view among the membership that the Kyoto Protocol would have been harmful for the American economy and the world economy and was bad public policy and that we, as an industry, along with other industries and other voices in society should step up and oppose harmful policies, but I don't deny that there was a parochial interest to the industry based upon these words that are on this sheet.
Now, this is all completely without regard to whether our ecosystem is or is not on the cusp of a thermodynamic and anthropogenic catastrofuck; the meddling of administrators with scientific results has popped up elsewhere (including in stem cell research, endangered species studies, and so on, which is touched on in the hearings), but it's as unsettling to recognize the extent of government interference with federal science as it is refreshing to see it openly confronted.