FOI: Internal NOAA Emails Reveal Ocean Acidification Not A Current Problem

  • Date: 07/11/17
  • Steve Milloy, Junkscience.com

‘I think it is really important to resist the New York Times editor’s impulse to say that ocean acidification is wreaking all sorts of havoc right now, because for ecological systems, we don’t have the evidence to say that.’

JunkScience.com got NOAA scientist e-mails via FOIA? Why can’t Congress?

 

 

Last October, the New York Times published this dire op-ed on ocean acidification, supposedly authored by NOAA chief Richard Spinrad and his UK counterpart Ian Boyd.

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Curious, I submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to NOAA for the e-mail related to the development and publication of the op-ed. I received 443 pages of e-mail in return.

First, the op-ed was actually written by NOAA staff Madelyn Applebaum, not Spinrad or Boyd.

The purpose was to tout NOAA not inform the public about ocean acidification.

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Second, the New York Times initially rejected the op-ed for its U.S. print edition and web site, the e-mails show.

NOAA staff then submitted the op-ed to the International NYTimes staff in London (because Madelyn knew the INYT staff) where it was placed in the International NYTimes print edition and NYTimes.com.

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Next, NOAA staff was appalled at the New York Times-selected title, which was a lot different than the NOAA-picked titled:

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But the most notable e-mails stand in stark contrast to the information presented in the NYTimes op-ed.

Specifically, NOAA’s Dr. Shallin Busch insists the op-ed exaggerates the ocean acidification problem.

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