Thursday, June 09, 2005
So a former lobbyist for the American Petroleum Institute, a leading opponent to global warming science, was editing government reports on climate change despite having no scientific background or experience
. Big deal.
This is the quote that caught my eye:
Mr Davies said that Mr Cooney's influence on White House policy went further than manipulating documents, describing him as a "gatekeeper" for White House policymaking on climate change, helping to determine whose views were heard. One of the anti-Kyoto advocates Mr Cooney consulted on policy was Myron Ebell, at the business lobby, the Competitive Enterprise Institute.
In one email from June 2002 acquired by Greenpeace, Mr Ebell wrote to Mr Cooney saying: "Thanks for calling and asking for our help ... it's nice to know we're needed once in a while."
"When he works for the president and the CEQ (Council on Environmental Quality) he pursues their policies, regardless of what he did for the American Petroleum Institute," Mr Ebell said.
See, Ebell assumes that there could exist some policy difference between the Bush administration and the American Petroleum Institute. Unless and until the API wants to drill for oil in the cranial cavities of the Bush twins, there will be no policy differences between the Bushies and the oil industry.
A final note -- for the editors who are ignoring the Downing Street Memo because it doesn't contain any "new" information, there's nothing new about the Bush administration bending science to policy, either.