Wednesday, June 15, 2005

The Revolving Door -- From The White House to Exxon

A White House aide who altered scientific reports to downplay the effects of global climate change is taking a job with Exxon-Mobil.

The Government Accountability Project (a nonprofit group not to be confused with Congress' Government Accountability Office) released documents last week showing Philip Cooney edited two administration climate reports.

The White House swears up and down that Philip Cooney's departure has nothing to do with reports he'd edited scientific reports to make them more in line with energy thinking. But he decided to take advantage of lots of vacation and leave time he'd socked away -- resigning now and taking his new job in the fall. The people over at Exxon-Mobil aren't saying what his new job will involve.

Mr Cooney had been a lobbyist for the American Petroleum Institute before taking his White House gig -- as chief of staff for the Council on Environmental Quality.

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