Rear Window Ethics Rear Window Ethics: White House Censored CDC Climate Change Testimony

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

White House Censored CDC Climate Change Testimony

With everything the public knows about global warming, is this really necessary or effective?

Documents obtained by The Washington Post show that White House officials heavily edited testimony on global warming delivered to Congress yesterday by the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, downplaying the specific health problems that could arise.

Bush administration officials cut CDC director Julie L. Gerberding's testimony to the Senate Environment and Public Works committee on "climate change and public health" from 12 pages to six, removing sections that detailed how global warming would affect Americans and suggested the government has yet to fully respond to the potential risk posed by climate change.

Apparently the administration didn't want the testimony to include the fact that

"...the public health effects of climate change remain largely unaddressed. CDC considers climate change a serious public concern."

or that the Northern US

"...will likely bear the brunt of increases in ground-level ozone and associated airborne pollutants. Populations in mid-western and northeastern cities are expected to experience more heat-related illnesses as heat waves increase in frequency, severity and duration."

Also cut was the belief that

"...people of lower socioeconomic status are particularly vulnerable to extreme weather events [...] Members of racial and ethnic minority groups suffer particularly from air pollution as well as inadequate health care access, while athletes and those who work outdoors are more at risk from air pollution, heat and certain infectious diseases."

It's one thing for the administration to push back against attempts at climate control -- it is unconscionable, but not pathetic. But to try and obscure information from Congress and the American People, at a point in time when Nobel Prizes are awarded for awareness of global warming, is just too ridiculous.

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