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Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Cheney's arrogance

Everyone knows you don't try to put toothpaste back in the tube. It can be done, but you end up with a big mess. The trick is not to let too much get squeezed out to begin with:

In a letter dated July 6 in response to questions from the chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Barbara Boxer (D., Calif.), Mr. Burnett said Mr. Cheney's office and the White House Council on Environmental Quality "were seeking deletions" last fall to congressional testimony about climate change prepared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Mr. Burnett said the latter office asked him "to work with CDC" to remove from the testimony "any discussion of the human health consequences of climate change." (WSJ: Cheney Sought to Alter Climate Discussion)

That sounds like the actions of someone who thinks he can get away with anything probably because he has already gotten away with everything. Political arrogance on display for everyone to see.

The line -- and many others -- were eventually eliminated from the testimony prepared last October for CDC Director Julie Gerberding, based on draft copies of the testimony that were leaked last fall and posted online by groups that favor regulation of greenhouse gases. Dr. Gerberding did testify, however, that climate change "is anticipated to have a broad range of impacts on the health of Americans."

So, it appears Dick Cheney didn't completely get his way.

Let the people know the facts and the country will be safe. -- Abraham Lincoln (1864)

I am so looking forward to this administration riding off into the sunset.

Update: Had I checked earlier, I would have seen this issue was already covered by Seth.

Posted by Marie at July 9, 2008 11:06 PM


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