Wednesday, October 24, 2007

The White House Protecting Us Again

Oh those guys... always looking out for our best interest. I guess they didn't want us to worry or something, she said sarcastically.

I heard something on the news but didn't catch all of it so I searched the web news sites and foung an article about it. The White House "edited" a scientic paper regarding public health and its connection to global warming. They took a 14 page paper and cut it down to 4 pages. There was a senate hearing about global warming and, however, the author spoke at the hearing and was truthful about what was in her original paper. The entire article can be read here.

Here are a couple of excerpts:
WASHINGTON - The White House significantly edited testimony prepared for a Senate hearing on the impact of climate change on health, deleting key portions citing diseases that could flourish in a warmer climate.


White House press secretary Dana Perino said the prepared testimony went through an interagency review process and the Office of Science and Technology Policy did not believe that the science in the testimony matched the science that was in a report by the U.N. International Panel on Climate Change.

"She testified yesterday. Her spokesperson said that she was able to say everything she wanted to say," Perino said Wednesday. "It was not watered down in terms of its science. It wasn't watered down in terms of the concerns that climate change raises for public health."

Dr. Michael McCally, executive director of Physicians for Social Responsibility, also sat on a panel testifying before the committee and afterwards complained about the editing.

“It appears the White House has denied a congressional committee access to scientific information about health and global warming, McCally said in a statement Wednesday. "This misuse of science and abuse of the legislative process is deplorable.”

Most notably, he noted, was removal of the statement that “CDC considers climate change a serious public health concern.”

That was part of a deleted paragraph that included these statements: “scientific evidence supports the view that the earth’s climate is changing” and “despite this extensive activity, the public health effects of climate change remain largely unaddressed.”

It could be raining and if the current president said it was wet outside I would have to verify it for myself. I have gotten to the place where I don't believe anything he says. (and when I say 'he' that means him and his administration.) In fact when I hear something he has said I find myself wondering if the opposite is true. He may be a 'nice guy' to meet and talk to about the weather but his credability is shot all to hell with me. And as always, thats just my opinion and no one is required to agree with it. Some people like liver, some people don't.

1 comment:

cat's momma said...

Thank god the government protects us from the truth of things...said sarcastically, of course.