NOAA Scientist Admits White House Created Gulf Oil Spill Report Not the NOAA

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    Canada Free Press reported:
    A NOAA scientist, Dr. Bill Lehr, yesterday told a group of Congressional staff investigators on a conference call that a controversial National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) report claiming that nearly three-quarters of the oil from the Gulf oil spill has already been addressed was released by White House officials and not scientists at NOAA.
    The NOAA scientist told congressional investigators that the data backing up the assertions made in the report is still unavailable and that peer review of the report is still not complete. Officials at an August 4 White House press briefing had said that the report had been thoroughly peer reviewed.
    “This is yet another in a long line of examples where the White House’s pre-occupation with the public relations of the oil spill has superseded the realities on the ground. It is deeply troubling that White House officials apparently preempted the completion and review of a scientific study on the oil spill by NOAA scientists in order to tout conclusions that many experts believe may be deeply flawed,” said Rep. Issa referring to an August 4 White House press briefing focused on the report. “This irresponsible action only adds to the perception that the Obama White House is more concerned about appearing competent than actually making sure the massive oil spill in the Gulf gets cleaned-up as quickly as possible.

     
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    Well of course! I mean it's not like they can actually BE competent. They're handling the gulf oil spill like they handle the economy: Stupidly.
     
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    People better WAKE up to the Dishonest tactics of the Obama and his comrades in arms, before it's TOO LATE.
     
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    Your thread title is misleading. They did not create the report, they released it before others had confirmed its accuracy. The preliminary report is obviously flawed and will be revised to show significantly more oil remains. Still the core point that politics trumps the public good is valid. Thank you for pointing this out.
     
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    This thing a trend?

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Nearly half of the homeowners who enrolled in the Obama administration's flagship mortgage-relief program have fallen out.

    A new report issued Friday by the Treasury Department said that approximately 630,000 people who had tried to get their monthly mortgage payments lowered through the effort have been cut loose through July. That's about 48 percent of the 1.3 million homeowners who had enrolled since March 2009. That is up from more than 40 percent through June.

    The report suggests foreclosures could rise in the second half of the year and weaken the ailing housing market, analysts say.

    Another 421,804, or 32.3 percent of those who started the program, have received permanent loan modifications and are making their payments on time.

    Many borrowers have complained that program is a bureaucratic nightmare. They say banks often lose their documents and then claim borrowers did not send back the necessary paperwork.

    The banking industry said borrowers weren't sending back their paperwork. They also have accused the Obama administration of initially pressuring them to sign up borrowers without insisting first on proof of their income. When banks later moved to collect the information, many troubled homeowners were disqualified or dropped out.

    Obama officials dispute that they pressured banks. They have defended the program, saying lenders are making more significant cuts to borrowers' monthly payments than before the program was launched. And some of the largest mortgage companies in the program have offered alternative programs to those who fell out.

    The Obama plan was designed to help people in financial trouble by lowering their monthly mortgage payments. Homeowners who qualify can receive an interest rate as low as 2 percent for five years and a longer repayment period.

    Nearly 50 percent leave Obama mortgage-aid program - Yahoo! Finance
     
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    Politicizing science...I never saw it coming
     
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    What?

    Are you saying that the guy who campaigned on the promise to put science first, and who is a Democrat and a liberal, is putting politics ahead of science?

    Shame on you. I can't wait for rdean to jump in and point out that only 6% of scientists are Republicans. That will show you.
     
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