“A journalist,” observed George Bernard Shaw, “is someone who cannot distinguish between a bicycle accident and the end of civilization.” Yesterday, the New York Times reported that a high level White House official had deliberately and methodically altered taxpayer funded studies on global warming to lie to the public about its impacts and causes. The agent of this deception was Philip Cooney, a former oil industry lobbyist, who apparently committed this treachery against America, humanity and civilization in order to safeguard oil industry profits.
And where is the press which recently tolerated the impeachment of the sitting president for lying about an extramarital tryst? My prediction: the emasculated stenographers who make up the White House press corps will ignore this latest outrage as they have prior Bush White House deceptions on critical public policy issues ranging from global warming, to the budget deficit, Medicaid and the war in Iraq.
In the past four years the White House has altered, suppressed, or attempted to discredit close to a dozen major reports on global warming. These include a 10-year peer-reviewed study by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, commissioned by George Bush Sr. in 1993 in his own effort to dodge what was already a virtual scientific consensus blaming industrial emissions for global warming. The list also includes major long-term studies by the federal government’s National Academy of Sciences, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), as well as a 2002 collaborative report by scientists at all three of those agencies.
Where are those self-righteous “moral” conservatives who branded Bill Clinton a liar based upon a single misdeed involving a personal matter and who now ignore this administration’s systematic deception of the public on grave matters of public policy?