The presidents of the American Meteorological Society and the American Geophysical Union have joined the growing chorus of scientists who are criticizing Rep. Joe Barton's (R-TX) apparent attempt to intimidate scientists who have linked human activities to global warming.
In a letter to Barton, the presidents of the usually apolitical groups note that "the request of your committee for massive documentation from a few scientists about a small aspect of their work has been viewed by many as more intimidating than constructive. Your request has also been interpreted as an attack on particular scientific results. The prospect for scientists of defending unpopular results in a political arena rather than before their “peers” in the literature has the potential to undermine the scientific process and, if persistent, to produce tainted results."
Here is the full letter:
Thanks to great science writer Chris C. Mooney for flagging this: http://www.chriscmooney.com/blog.asp