Non scientist in White House edited warming reports

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    Martin W

      More evidence of dirty political shenanigans in US, with science re global warming downplayed and diluted for political reasons.

      A House committee has released documents that showed hundreds of instances in which a White House official who was previously an oil-industry lobbyist edited government climate reports to play up uncertainty or play down evidence of a human role in global warming. In a hearing Monday of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the official, Philip Cooney defended the changes he made in government reports over several years, saying the editing was part of the normal White House review process and reflected findings in a climate report written for President George W. Bush by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 2001.

      They were the first public statements on the issue by Cooney, the former chief of staff of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Before joining the White House, Cooney was the climate team leader for the American Petroleum Institute, the main oil industry lobby in Washington. … Cooney, who has no scientific background, said he had based his editing and recommendations on what he had seen in good faith as the "most authoritative and current views of the state of scientific knowledge." …

      Democrats focused on fresh details that committee staff compiled showing how Cooney made hundreds of changes to government research plans and reports to Congress on climate that raised a sense of uncertainty about the science. "The documents show that Cooney and other CEQ officials made at least 181 edits to the Administration's Strategic Plan of the Climate Change Science Program to exaggerate or emphasize scientific uncertainties," the memo said. "They also made at least 113 edits to the plan to de-emphasize or diminish the importance of the human role in global warming."

      Former Bush White House aide defends edits to global warming reports

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