The chief science adviser to President George W. Bush came under fire last week for his role in watering down congressional testimony on the health effects of global warming.
Julie Gerberding, director of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, had briefed senators on the subject at a hearing on 23 October. As required, she submitted her written testimony 24 hours in advance to the White House — which then proceeded to chop it in half. Detailed comments from the office of John Marburger, the president’s science adviser and director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), may have played a part.
Nice — Al Gore wins the Nobel Prize while the Bush White House continues to suppress information about how global climate changes would impact ordinary Americans. Here’s the nail in the coffin:
The original testimony also indicated that children, the elderly and the poor would bear the brunt of the impact, and suggested that these problems “remain largely unaddressed”.
Again, the least powerful will pay the price for Bush’s willful disdain for global warming.
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