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Dick Cheney: Environmental Hazard

05/25/2011 12:35 pm ET

By now, we've all read about the latest environmental wedgie that Vice President Dick Cheney has given to the world's climate. If you somehow missed the story, here's the bad news:

Cheney wanted cuts in climate change testimony
By H. JOSEF HEBERT, Associated Press Writer

Tue Jul 8, 8:49 PM ET

WASHINGTON - Seeking to play down the effects of global warming, Vice President Dick Cheney's office pushed to delete from congressional testimony references about the consequences of climate change on public health, a former senior EPA official claimed Tuesday.

The official, Jason K. Burnett, said the White House was concerned that the proposed testimony last October by the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention might make it tougher to avoid regulating greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere.

"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 wrote in a July 6 letter to Sen. Barbara Boxer....

In other words, keeping true to his homeys at Halliburton, the Veep Who Must Not Be Named was up to his same old tricks.

As shocked as we were to learn this distressing news, we have to confess that we knew about it all along. In fact, we revealed a giant clue to this bombshell development back in April, with the release of our controversial new biography, Young Dick Cheney: Great American.

As our reporting revealed, Young Dick's deep-seated resentment of the environment began when he was a mere grade-schooler in 1950's Wyoming--a lonely, portly child who saw the world differently from the other neighborhood boys.

To read this explosive passage in Young Dick Cheney, click on the adorable, oil-slicked squirrel below....

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