Stemming from the case of Rick Piltz and Dr. James Hansen, GAP’s Environmental program chose to begin a focus on Environmental Agency Accountability. GAP conducted a year-long investigation into federal climate scientist gagging and free speech repression, which generated two widely lauded, in-depth reports.
These reports involved field visits to climate labs; dozens of interviews with scientists, agency officials, and journalists; and the review of thousands of pages of documents. This investigation found objectionable and possibly illegal restrictions on the communication of scientific information to the media, and the wrongful editing and delay of press releases.
GAP solely authored one report, Redacting the Science of Climate Change, as well as the joint Atmosphere of Pressure with the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) that summarized these findings. The reports received broad national attention and were presented in testimony at two congressional oversight hearings.