That is how one Center for Disease Control official characterized the White House’s “editing” of the draft report for testimony before a Senate Hearing on the health impacts of climate change.
The White House, true to form, denies any attempt at “watering down” the testimony given by CDC director Dr. Julie Gerberding. Of the 12 page draft presented to the White House Office of Management and Budget, 6 pages survived for the actual presentation before Congress.
Deleted were key portions of the report citing certain diseases that could flourish in a warming climate and specific scientific references to the health risks of global warming.
White House spokesperson Dana Perino told the press that the report when through an interagency review and the Office of Science and Technology Policy (there’s an Office of Science and Technology policy in the White House? They must sit at bare steel desks armed with nothing but big black magic markers…) felt that the report did not match the science in reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (incorrectly referred to as the “International Panel on Climate Change” in the original AP report).
Oh really? It seems that the White House is suddenly interested in what the IPCC has to say. So let’s take a look at what the IPCC says in regard to the health risks of global warming. It’s right here.
Simply put, the White House has no credibility on this issue. It’s unclear to me whether they give a damn about their credibility on global warming (perhaps their aspiring toward credibility), but what is clear is that the Bush administration continues it’s war on science.
I’m waiting for Bush to prove me wrong, and I suspect I’ll be waiting until that bright January morning in 2009 when this is all a very painful memory.