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Cheney Accused Of Crimes Against Nature

From where else but the New York Times:

Cheney’s Office Said to Edit Draft Testimony on Warming

Published: July 9, 2008

Vice President Dick Cheney’s office was involved in removing statements on health risks posed by global warming from a draft of a health official’s Senate testimony last year, a former senior government environmental official said on Tuesday.

The former official, Jason K. Burnett, made the assertion and described similar incidents in a three-page letter to Senator Barbara Boxer, a California Democrat who is the chairwoman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. He then stood with her at a news conference at which she excoriated the Bush administration.

“History will judge this Bush administration harshly for recklessly covering up a real threat to the people they are supposed to protect,” Mrs. Boxer said.

Mr. Burnett, a lifelong Democrat, resigned in May from his post as an associate deputy administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and chief adviser on climate to Stephen L. Johnson, the E.P.A. administrator. Mr. Burnett has previously criticized the administration’s climate policies and endorsed and contributed to Senator Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.

In the letter, while declining to name individuals, Mr. Burnett said the offices of Mr. Cheney and the White House Council on Environmental Quality “were seeking deletions” of sections of draft testimony describing health risks from warming. The testimony was prepared by Dr. Julie L. Gerberding, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for a hearing last October before Mrs. Boxer’s committee.

Mr. Burnett’s letter said the council “requested that I work with C.D.C. to remove from the testimony any discussion of the human health consequences of climate change.”

The changes were made before the testimony was delivered. At the time, the E.P.A. was finishing a document assessing whether carbon dioxide, the main emission linked to global warming, endangered public health.

At the news conference, Mrs. Boxer strongly chided Dana M. Perino, the White House press secretary, for asserting last year that the changes in testimony were justified because the statements did not comport with the influential review of climate risks by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

“This was a lie,” Mrs. Boxer said. “We proved it before.”

She demanded that Mr. Johnson turn over all documents related to the assessment of carbon dioxide’s risks, or else resign…

This is what comes of having a bureaucracy which is completely infested with members of the other party.

And when that party will say or do anything to get power.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, July 8th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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