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NASA scientist James Hansen to speak at July 11 conference on 'Rejuvenating Public Sector Science'

Join us at a daylong event to help forge an agenda for maintaining the independence of regulatory science and protecting scientists from political meddling and corporate influence. Dr. James Hansen, Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, will speak on the "Threat to the Planet: The Dark and Bright Sides of Global Warming." Dr. Hansen is considered the world's leading authority on climate change and the need to take immediate action to curb emissions of greenhouse gases, and was the first to focus global attention on the growing urgency of the climate crisis when he testified before a U.S. Senate Committee in 1988.

Dr. Hansen will be joined by distinuished panels of experts in the environmental, energy, and medical fields who will testify to the importance of government science to protect the independence of regulatory science and ensure its freedom from the influence of powerful special interests.

Register Now! Registration is open to all and is free for members of the press!

The conference is Friday, July 11, 2008 at the Ronald Reagan International Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. 20004

Sessions will include:

Beyond the Phony "Debate": Government Science and the Climate Crisis
Curbing Industry Influence over Regulatory Science
Protecting Public Sector Scientists
Reducing Conflicts of Interest on Federal Advisory Committees
What Role for Industry in Setting the Comparative Effectiveness Agenda
The Energy Future: Whose Alternatives?
Conservation in a Hostile Climate
A Common Standard for Journals' Conflict of Interest Disclosure

Additional Speakers will include:

Representative Brad Miller, Chairman, Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight, House Committee on Science and Technology
David Michaels, author, Doubt is Their Product

James Furnish, former Forest Service Deputy Chief, Agriculture Department
William Hirzy, Executive Vice-President, National Treasury Employees Union, Chapter 280, EPA Headquarters
David Michaels, Director, Project on Scientific Knowledge and Public Policy
Rick Piltz, Director, Climate Science Watch
David Pimentel, Professor of Ecology and Agricultural Sciences, Cornell University
Gail Wilensky, Senior Fellow, Project Hope; former chief, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services


Contact: Kirsten Stade
Center for Science in the Public Interest

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