Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Cheny's office wanted cuts in climate change testimony

I said I wasn't necessarily going to do the media thing but this is to good. According to the AP's H. Josef Hebert in this story:

Vice President Dick Cheney's office pushed for major deletions in congressional testimony on the public health consequences of climate change, fearing the presentation by a leading health official might make it harder to avoid regulating greenhouse gases, a former EPA officials maintains....

"The Council on Environmental Quality and the office of the vice president were seeking deletions to the CDC testimony (concerning) ... any discussions of the human health consequences of climate change," Burnett has told the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee....

Senate and House committees have been trying for months to get e-mail exchanges and other documents to determine the extent of political influence on government scientists, but have been rebuffed.

The letter by Burnett for the first time suggests that Cheney's office was deeply involved in downplaying the impacts of climate change as related to public health and welfare, Senate investigators believe.

A nice article except for this bit of background:
Scientists believe manmade pollution is warming the earth and if the process is not reversed it will cause significant climate changes that pose broad public health problems from increases in disease to more injuries from severe weather.

I hate the use of the word "believe" because its one of those words that makes global warming sound like an opinion instead of a measurement. Why not use "have determined that" instead of "believe"?