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2 Protesters Climb Ledge at NOAA

October 23, 2006

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) _ Two environmentalists scaled a ladder Monday and sat on a ledge above an entrance to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to protest what they said is the agency’s suppression of information on global warming.

The pair unfurled a banner that read, ``Bush: Let NOAA Tell the Truth,″ while a small group of demonstrators handed out fliers on a nearby sidewalk.

Federal and Montgomery County police officers tried to persuade the protesters to come down, but by late morning they were still on their narrow perch. Both had food and water, as well as suction cups to help anchor themselves to the ledge, about 25 feet above the ground.

NOAA, a federal agency based in Silver Spring, studies climate, weather and the oceans. It issues long-term weather forecasts and studies the effects of global warming.

The demonstrators said they were part of the U.S. Climate Emergency Council and the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. The groups claim NOAA denies scientific evidence that recent severe weather, such as powerful hurricanes, is caused by climate change. They also allege NOAA withholds proof of this effect.

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