Tuesday, June 07, 2005


Bush Official Caught in Lies About Global Warming

One of the Bush administration's top officials on the environment has been caught falsifying reports on the links between emissions and global warming ("Official Played Down Emissions' Links to Global Warming"). Philip A. Cooney, chief of staff for the White House Council on Environmental Quality, is a former official of the American Petroleum Institute, which is not a surprise since the Bush approach to energy issues has pretty much followed the oil industry's line (Bush himself, of course, being Oil Baron in Chief).

This is one of those Big Lies of this administration, repeated often: That the clear link between human activity -- the emission of greenhouse gasses in particular -- and global warming is "in dispute" among scientists. The fact of the matter is, virtually the only scientists who have questions about the connection between emissions and global warming -- and the dire consequences ahead if we don't take significant action, soon -- are those on the payroll of the oil companies (and the oil companies' front organizations). Cooney's duplicity is only the tip of a very, very dirty iceberg -- and all of us, along with our children, will pay a heavy price for the disembling (that means lying, Mr. President).

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