Jul 18, 2005
Imagine the surprise of numerous environmental scientists when they re-read their reports after Philip A. Cooney got through with them.
Cooney, a former White House staff member, repeatedly "edited" those reports. The scientists who researched and wrote them had shown a clear, direct link between the burning of fossil fuels and global warming. Once Cooney finished with them, though, those conclusions got lost.
Cooney is not a scientist himself. Before he was a White House staffer, he was a lobbyist for the American Petroleum Institute, an industry group. These distorted reports are used by the Bush administration to justify loosening regulations on fossil fuel emissions.
And if those scientists were surprised by what happened to their reports, imagine the shock of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) researchers who recently opened up their report on the environmental impact of cattle grazing on public lands. They discovered that its conclusion was the opposite of what they thought they'd found!
Instead of their previous conclusion that increased grazing would have a "significant adverse impact on wildlife," the final version of the report stated that it would be "beneficial to animals."The Bush administration used the edited report to relax regulations limiting grazing on those lands.
Erick Campbell, a retired BLM state biologist who co-authored the report, said, "This is a whitewash; they took all of our science and reversed it 180 degrees. They rewrote everything. It's a crime."In capitalist society, science gets pushed aside when there's profit to be made!