June 9, 2005

Factory Conditioned

Official White House policy documents on climate change were altered by a former oil-industry lobbyist to play down the link between greenhouse gases and global warming, it emerged yesterday.

Philip Cooney, the chief of staff for the White House council on environmental quality, altered several draft reports in 2002 and 2003, after they had been approved by government scientists, despite having no scientific background himself. Much of his editing made it into final versions of reports.

But:

Bush administration officials said yesterday that revisions to reports on climate change made by Philip A. Cooney, a former oil-industry lobbyist now working at the White House, were part of the normal review before publishing projects that involved many agencies.

It is normal in the Bush administration to have industry advocates with no science background alter scientific reports. Do not be alarmed. If you have any concerns, please report to a dosage adjustment center.

Open letter to Philip Cooney:

Please send me some central-freaking-air conditioning for my house, so I can watch the climate change in style and comfort, like the president.

Thank you.

Posted by James at June 9, 2005 8:33 AM
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Wow, what an ugly thing. What an ugly, ugly thing. What a thing of ugly.

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Yeah, but can you cross-post the love?

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Posted by: Chuck S. at June 9, 2005 2:46 PM

I am shocked--shocked!--that this would happen in Bushworld.

{Apologies to Claude Raines.)

Posted by: PattiM. at June 9, 2005 3:42 PM

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