Monday, December 10, 2007

New investigation details Bush manipulation of climate science

This morning, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, chaired by Rep. Henry Waxman, released results of a lengthy investigation of the Bush administration and climate science.

The results aren’t shocking – since much of this has come out previously in dribs and drabs. Even so, it’s a painful read. And the new investigation does include information that wasn’t previously made public. Here’s how the committee summed up the investigation results:

The evidence before the Committee leads to one inescapable conclusion: the Bush Administration has engaged in a systematic effort to manipulate climate change science and mislead policymakers and the public about the dangers of global warming.

Among the interesting new revelations: that James Connaughton, chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (and, sad to say, alumnus of the same high school I attended) personally edited the EPA legal opinion disavowing the agency’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases. You will recall the Supreme Court rejected this political maneuver. The White House and its polluter allies are still trying to undo the effect of that decision.

At a time when the rest of the civilized world is trying to come up with an answer to global warming (at the Bali talks), this report is a sickening reminder that the Bush administration priority has been to protect its polluter friends, at the expense of science and the climate.

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