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hatrack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 09:18 AM
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Bush Covers Up Climate Research - Observer
White House officials play down its own scientists' evidence of global warming
Paul Harris New York
Sunday September 21, 2003

"White House officials have undermined their own government scientists' research into climate change to play down the impact of global warming, an investigation by The Observer can reveal.

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Central to the revelations of double dealing is the discovery of an email sent to Phil Cooney, chief of staff at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, by Myron Ebell, a director of the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI). The CEI is an ultra-conservative lobby group that has received more than $1 million in donations since 1998 from the oil giant Exxon, which sells Esso petrl in Britain. The email, dated 3 June 2002, reveals how White House officials wanted the CEI's help to play down the impact of a report last summer by the government's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in which the US admitted for the first time that humans are contributing to global warming. 'Thanks for calling and asking for our help,' Ebell tells Cooney.

The email discusses possible tactics for playing down the report and getting rid of EPA officials, including its then head, Christine Whitman. 'It seems to me that the folks at the EPA are the obvious fall guys and we would only hope that the fall guy (or gal) should be as high up as possible,' Ebell wrote in the email. 'Perhaps tomorrow we will call for Whitman to be fired,' he added.

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Other confidential documents obtained by The Observer detail White House efforts to suppress research that shows that the world's climate is warming. A four-page internal EPA memo reveals that Bush's staff insisted on major amendments to the climate change section of an environmental survey of the US, published last June. One alteration indicated that 'no further changes may be made.' The memo discusses ways of dealing with White House editing, and warns that the section 'no longer accurately represents scientific consensus on climate change.'

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Much, much more at:

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Girlfriday Donating Member (570 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 09:37 AM
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