07/30/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

White House Whistle-Blower Reveals Bush Admin's Environmental Foibles

Jason K. Burnett, Washington's environmental whistle-blower du jour, is an example of a once rare, now almost common, phenomenon: a political appointee willing to tell much of what he knows of the inner workings of the formerly opaque Bush administration.

Mr. Burnett's full pitcher of tales about the administration's inner turmoil over air pollution regulation in general and climate change in particular has been poured deliberately, glass by glass, for a thirsty partisan crowd. More will be offered Tuesday when he appears before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

Mr. Burnett's increasingly public dealings with Democratic committee chairmen in Congress have brought unwelcome attention to the administration's deliberations on climate change policy. In particular, Mr. Burnett has suggested that the Environmental Protection Agency's views have been overridden by others in the administration doing industry's bidding.

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