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Posted on Mar 20, 2007
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Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif.

Henry Waxman’s House committee put the irons to Philip A. Cooney on Monday. The former oil lobbyist who became chief of staff of the White House Council on Environmental Quality made hundreds of edits to government reports in order to downplay the link between fossil fuels and global warming.


New York Times:

In a hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the official, Philip A. Cooney, who left government in 2005, defended the changes he had made in government reports over several years. Mr. Cooney said the editing was part of the normal White House review process and reflected findings in a climate report written for President Bush by the National Academy of Sciences in 2001.

They were the first public statements on the issue by Mr. Cooney, the former chief of staff of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Before joining the White House, he was the “climate team leader” for the American Petroleum Institute, the main industry lobby in Washington.

He was hired by Exxon Mobil after resigning in 2005 following reports on the editing in The New York Times. The White House said his resignation was not related to the disclosures.

Mr. Cooney said his past work opposing restrictions on heat-trapping gases for the oil industry had had no bearing on his actions once he joined the White House. “When I came to the White House,” he testified, “my sole loyalties were to the president and his administration.”

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By Bert, March 20, 2007 at 12:58 pm Link to this comment
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Bluntly spoken, Big Oil bought Washington, lock, stock, and barrel, and the only way to get things back on the straight and narrow is to excuse
them completely out of our nations’ Capitol, maybe even ‘put it in writing’ and call it the Standard Oil Amendment.  This guy is just one more of their stooges, and the sooner that he and his ilk are on the 5:30 out of town, the better off our country will be. There’s more than one way to skin a rat, but as long as D.C. is an Exxon subsidiary, for all intents and purposes,
we won’t see honest and wholehearted advocacy for
alternative technologies being forwarded in terms of national and international policy, because such things would represent a reduction in revenue
for the oil biz at large.

Standard Oil/Exxon:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standard_Oil

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By Quy Tran, March 20, 2007 at 12:46 pm Link to this comment
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Cooney comes to the Whore House for two reasons:

1.- The price of oil will increase up to sky.

2.- To shine Bush/Cheney’s boots not with shoe polish but with his saliva !

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By dp, March 20, 2007 at 9:02 am Link to this comment
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Mr. Cooney’s comment on loyalties seems to be the root of the problem with this administration.  Over and over again, Bush appointees are failing in their jobs and the public finds out after the fact that they were ill prepared and qualified to be in the position in the first place.  The ONLY attribute that has ever mattered to this administration is loyalty/fealty to Bush.  Experience, qualifications, ability, nothing matters so long as the appointee is willing to swear an oath of loyalty to Bush.  It would seem Bush is one of the biggest egomaniacs in history.

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By John F. Butterfield, March 20, 2007 at 5:37 am Link to this comment
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When Cooney came to the White House he was no longer loyal to the oil industry. Instead, he was loyal to George Bush. What’s the difference?

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By Lefty, March 20, 2007 at 2:32 am Link to this comment
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As far as I can tell, the entire “global warming denial movement” is nothing but a propaganda campaign originated and funded by Exxon/Mobil.  So far, I am unaware of a single scientist, cited as an expert in the media, who disputes the existence of global warming and its connection to human activity, who isn’t somehow connected to Exxon/Mobil. 

Exxon/Mobil purposely set out to recruit scientists with no prior public track record on global warming to publicly dispute the existance of global warming and its connection to human activity, and funneled money to advocacy groups whose purpose was to create public confusion about the truth of global warming. 

Naturally, only the republicans are confused.

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