Congressman Markey's Exhibition of Courage

Thu, 2007-05-24 07:08Ross Gelbspan
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Congressman Markey's Exhibition of Courage

Earlier in the week, AP reported that the “Smithsonian Institution toned down an exhibit on climate change in the Arctic for fear of angering Congress and the Bush administration.” House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming Chairman Ed Markey (D-MA) has sent the Smithsonian a letter notifying the institution that he is starting an investigation into the matter.

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