From an upcoming interview with Comrade Bill Moyers.
Moyers asks Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, what he would have Obama say about climate in the State of the Union address. Leiserowitz says in part:
… I would ask him to do two things. One is to say that I [Obama] have consulted with the nation’s leading climate scientists, including the National Academy of Sciences, which exists to guide the nation on science and science policy. And they all tell me, all of them, tell me that this is real and it’s human caused…”
We’re not exactly sure what NAS consultation Leiserowitz is referring to, but the qualified membership of the National Academy of Sciences has never advised Obama (or anyone else) on climate science.
Possibly, Leiserowitz is referring to the National Research Council — an arm of the NAS which, on a contract basis, hires outside scientists (i.e., usually not NAS members) to come up with politically correct/compromise reports and advice.
But the NRC is NOT the NAS by any stretch of the imagination. Moreover, the NAS bureaucracy has, in fact, prevented JunkScience.com from polling its members on climate change.
Besides, the NAS isn’t even really the NAS anymore, according to Dick Lindzen, but that is another story.