June 9, 2005 – Following the release of a National Academies of Science report confirming the connection between greenhouse gas emissions and global warming, a former federal climate policy official brought forth evidence of White House manipulation of official climate reports.
The New York Times reports that a White House official routinely edited the language of scientific reports detailing the effects of greenhouse gasses on the planetâ€™s ecology in order to lessen the impact of scientistsâ€™ findings. The official, Philip Cooney, is a former lobbyist with the American Petroleum Institute, an oil industry business association.
Cooneyâ€™s edits include adding language to make findings appear less substantiated and cast uncertainty on widely accepted evidence that global warming is occurring and is adversely affected by greenhouse gases.
According to a report issued by the National Academies of Science in conjunction with ten other science institutions, the relationship between global warming and greenhouse emissions is undeniable.
"The scientific understanding of global warming is now sufficiently clear to justify nations taking prompt action," the report stated. "Action taken now to reduce significantly the buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere will lessen the magnitude and rate of climate change."
The revelations about the manipulation came in a letter from Rick S. Piltz, a former senior official with the US Climate Change Program. In the letter, Piltz explains that his decision to resign his office nearly three months ago was caused by increased White House interference with the agencyâ€™s research efforts.
The letter was released by the Government Accountability Project, which is assisting Piltz in his attempt to blow the whistle on the Bush administrationâ€™s attempts to force scientific reports to conform to political policy.