Wednesday, June 08, 2005


White House Caught Editing Out Global Warming Facts

Caught red handed:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A White House official, who previously worked for the American Petroleum Institute, has repeatedly edited government climate reports in a way that downplays links between greenhouse gas emissions and global warming, The New York Times reported on Wednesday.

Philip Cooney, chief of staff for the White House Council on Environmental Quality, made changes to descriptions of climate research that had already been approved by government scientists and their supervisors, the newspaper said, citing internal documents.
Source: Reuters US official edited warming, emission link-report, June 8, 2005. [Emphasis added.])
Now all we could only identify the White House official responsible for editing out any mention of Koran abuse from the various official Gitmo inquiries...
Here's a link to the New York Times article:
Bush Aide Softened Greenhouse Gas Links to Global Warming
Published: June 8, 2005

A White House official who once led the oil industry's fight against limits on greenhouse gases has repeatedly edited government climate reports in ways that play down links between such emissions and global warming, according to internal documents.
The dozens of changes, while sometimes as subtle as the insertion of the phrase "significant and fundamental" before the word "uncertainties," tend to produce an air of doubt about findings that most climate experts say are robust.
Before going to the White House in 2001, he was the "climate team leader" and a lobbyist at the American Petroleum Institute, the largest trade group representing the interests of the oil industry. A lawyer with a bachelor's degree in economics, he has no scientific training.
"Each administration has a policy position on climate change," Mr. Piltz wrote. "But I have not seen a situation like the one that has developed under this administration during the past four years, in which politicization by the White House has fed back directly into the science program in such a way as to undermine the credibility and integrity of the program."
(Emphasis added.)
Given this level of interference with global warming research, how much more distortion is present in reports regarding human rights abuses at Gitmo and elsewhere?


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