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[greenyes] Administration Distortion of Science on Climate Disruption


June 8, 2005
Bush Aide Softened Greenhouse Gas Links to Global Warming
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 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
Mr. Cooney is chief of staff for the White House Council on Environmental
Quality, the office that helps devise and promote administration policies on
environmental issues.
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.


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