“The evidence before the Committee leads to one inescapable conclusion: the Bush Administration has engaged in a systematic effort to manipulate climate change science and mislead policymakers and the public about the dangers of global warming.”
So tell us something we don’t already know.
Here are some of the key findings in the report:
- The White House exerted unusual control over the public statements of federal scientists on climate change issues.
- The Administration’s Censorship of Climate Scientists was Widespread – 150 federal climate scientists from eight federal agencies personally experienced at least one incident of political interference during the past five years.
- The White House systematically minimized the significance of climate change by editing government climate change reports.
- The White House Edited EPA’s [Environmental Protection Agency] Report on the Environment.
- The White House Eliminated the Climate Change Section of EPA’s Air Trends Report.
- The White House was Involved in Editing EPA’s Legal Opinions.
So what does the White House have to say about this report? According to today’s press briefing:
Q Did the White House ever asked employees at agencies like NOAA to suppress climate change information and science?
MS. PERINO: Not that I’m aware and I do not believe that is true.
There may be a small kernel of truth to that claim. It’s not so much that the White House directly requested changes or suppression of facts so much as it is that they appointed unqualified Bush
lackies loyalists to oversight positions where they could act on the White House’s behalf. The Bush Administration never had to ask for stuff to be suppressed because the appointees were in place to insure that the request never need be made. So while it’s technically true it’s only in the most literal interpretation of the question.
The full report can be read here in PDF format.