Science adviser to Bush criticized on ozone data

December 05, 1991|By Liz Bowie

A leading authority on ozone said yesterday that President Bush is receiving "abysmal" scientific advice from his science adviser, D. Allan Bromley.

"I don't recall in 17 years of science hearing a talk with so many errors," said Sherwood Rowland, who was the first to theorize that man-made chemicals called chlorofluorocarbons were destroying the Earth's protective ozone layer.

Speaking at an international conference of atmospheric scientists at the Stouffer Harborplace Hotel on Tuesday, Dr. Bromley said that the United States should move slowly in placing new controls on the production of greenhouse gases thought to contribute to global warming.

Dr. Rowland noted several examples of what he said were scientific inaccuracies in Dr. Bromley's speech, including his description of the chemical process that destroys ozone in the upper atmosphere.

"He is out of touch with the scientific community," Dr. Rowland said, adding that European scientists at the conference were appalled by the level of advice the president is receiving. Dr. Rowland is a chemist at the University of California at Irvine. Dr. Bromley is a former physicist at Yale University.

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