CNBC asked to interview NOAA scientist Tom Knutson about the link between global warming and hurricanes. (Knutson believes there is one.) The request got passed up the chain at NOAA:

"What is Knutson’s view on global warming vs. decadal cycles?" [Commerce press secretary Chuck] Fuqua asked his subordinate.

He’s "a bit of a different animal" than the higher-ups at the NOAA, the aide responded.

"Why can’t we have one of the other guys on then?" Fuqua emailed back.

NOAA ultimately denied CNBC the interview.

You can read the relevant emails here. More here from ThinkProgress.

Update [2006-9-19 12:14:7 by David Roberts]: Ah. Much, much more from Paul D. Thacker over on Salon.