Several days ago, the New York Times revealed that reports concerning climate change published by the White House had been repeatedly distorted by a former oil industry’s lobbyist. According to an article by the NYT (reg. req):
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.
In handwritten notes on drafts of several reports issued in 2002 and 2003, the official, Philip A. Cooney, removed or adjusted descriptions of climate research that government scientists and their supervisors, including some senior Bush administration officials, had already approved. In many cases, the changes appeared in the final reports.
The revelation continues to prove that the Bush administration is not serious in fighting climate change, claiming uncertainties in science as an excuse. But this development goes beyond uncertainties and downright pure manipulation of scientific report. Understandably, a lot of people are very unhappy upon this finding.
About three hours ago, Philip Cooney resigned from the White House.
WASHINGTON – A former oil industry lobbyist who changed government reports on global warming has resigned in a long-planned departure, the White House said Saturday.
White House however is still defending the former oil industry’s lobbyist after such fiasco. Well, I’d suppose that is to be expected. I mean, clear lies are the basis of invasion of Iraq and the administration is still looking for some kind of weapons made by leprechauns.
I must admit however, finding a leprechaun is hard.