But, really, could we expect anything less from the "fine" folks who initially refused to release a global warming plan and who skipped out on the recent Bali U.N. climate summit? It turns out some high-level officials took it upon themselves to "edit" (some might say, eviscerate) a statement issued by Julie Gerberding, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Testifying before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, she said that global warming "is anticipated to have a broad range of impacts on the health of Americans" but reneged on sharing specifics. Why?According to several CDC officials, handlers at the White House cut out sections detailing more information on "health risks," cutting the document's original length from 14 pages to just 4. As presented to the Senate, it ended up being 6 pages long.
This latest political muzzling comes just days after John Marburger, the Policy Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology (i.e. Bush's top science adviser), declared that there was no relationship between intensifying global warming and natural disasters. "[The goal] is going to be a very difficult one to achieve and is not actually linked to regional events that affect people's lives," he explained.
Guess the Bush administration's climate change acceptance "honeymoon" is just about over.
Via ::Talking Points Memo: Global Warming Can Be Fun! (blog), ::Think Progress: White House 'Eviscerates' CDC Director's Senate Testimony On Global Warming (blog), ::Democracy Now!: Top Bush Science Advisor: No Link Between Global Warming, Natural Disasters (radio program)