Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Politics Trumps "Sound Science"

An aide to President Bush repeatedly altered government enviromental reports to play down links between emissions and global climate change.

Philip Cooney used to work for the oil industry, fighting federal limits on greenhouse gases. He was the "climate team leader" for the American Petroleum Institute.

Now he's the Chief of Staff for the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

Since joining the White House in 2001, the lobbyist turned bureaucrat made handwritten changes to the work of the government's top scientists to alter the meaning of their reports in ways that benefited the energy industry. (NYT)

4 comments:

Frenchie said...

All in the name of 'American interest' of course.

Gun-Toting Liberal said...

You guys are being a LOT nicer than I was about this today. Thanks for blogging about this. Keep up the good work, please :-)

KG4WMG said...

Money continues to speak louder than the environment to our current holders-of-power. It sickens me!

David R. Mark said...

FYI, Jon Stewart had a brilliant take on the Philip Cooney story. I have a transcript on JABBS, at http://jabbs.blogspot.com/2005/06/daily-show-scores-again-exposing-bush.html