* Why is bu$h trashing our planet? *



Perhaps he "thinks" some god will come and take him to
heaven soon, so it doesn't matter to him if he continues
to abuse and poison God's Planet for greed and profit.
But I bet God will be ****** - if there is one.....


Monday, June 20th, 2005
Bush's Environment Chief: From the Oil Lobby to the White House to

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The Bush administration worked behind the scenes altering White House
and G8 documents to downplay the impact of climate change. White House
Council on Environmental Quality chief of staff Phillip Cooney
repeatedly edited government climate reports. He used to work for the
American Petroleum Institute and now he's left the White House to work
for ExxonMobil. We speak to the New York Times reporter who broke the
story. [includes rush transcript]
The Bush administration worked behind the scenes to weaken key
language in the Group of 8 proposal for joint action on climate
change. The Washington Post reported on Friday that administration
officials successfully pressed negotiators to drop sections of the
report that warned of more frequent droughts and floods and commited a
specific dollar amount to promoting carbon sequestration in developing
This follows major revelations published in the New York Times earlier
this month that a White House official repeatedly edited government
climate reports in ways that played down links between greenhouse gas
emissions and global warming. The official -Philip Cooney- was chief
of staff for the White House Council on Environmental Quality which
shapes much of America”s environmental policy. Before coming to the
White House in 2001, Cooney was a lobbyist at the American Petroleum

Just two days after that article was published, Cooney resigned from
the council and ExxonMobil announced they were hiring him. A recent
investigation by Mother Jones magazine found that ExxonMobil has spent
at least eight million dollars funding a network of groups to
challenge the existence of global warming.

ExxonMobile defended its hiring of Cooney by stating that they hire
from both sides of the aisle. In a written statement to Democracy Now!
The company wrote that “ExxonMobil hired Mr. Cooney at about the same
time we hired Matt Gobush, who was the Communications Director for
Democratic Senator Joe Lieberman. We have always hired highly
qualified people for their talent--not their politics.”

Andrew Revkin, prize-winning science reporter with The New York Times.
He wrote the books "Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast" and
"Burning Season: The Murder of Chico Mendes and the Fight for the
Amazon Rain Forest." He is the recipient of the National Academies
Communication Award for print journalism, two Science Journalism
Awards of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and
an Investigative Reporters & Editors Awards.
-Read Revkin's recent Arctic coverage
-Andrew Revkin also plays with Acoustic-Roots Band, Uncle Wade

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AMY GOODMAN: We are joined now by Andrew Revkin, The New York Times
reporter who broke the story about Philip Cooney. Andrew Revkin is a
prize-winning science writer at The New York Times and he wrote the
book Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast and Burning Season:
The Murder of Chico Mendes and the Fight for the Amazon Rainforest,
recipient of the National Academy’s Communication Award for Print
Journalism, two Science Journalism Awards of the American Association
for the Advancement of Science, as well as an Investigative Reporters
& Editors Award. Welcome to Democracy Now! It’s good to have you with us.

ANDREW REVKIN: Thank you, Amy.

AMY GOODMAN: So, let's start off with the Philip Cooney saga. Tell us
how significant it is that he ran the White House Council on
Environmental Quality, where he came from and where he’s going.

ANDREW REVKIN: Well, Phil Cooney, who I have only met once, he's kind
of a background character, at least in terms of the White House public
persona. He went there in 2001 and before that, for about a decade, he
was a lawyer for the American Petroleum Institute, which is the
leading lobby for the oil industry in Washington. And his last job
there was -- they called him climate team leader, and he was in
charge, essentially, of an effort to both forestall any kind of
international agreement limiting greenhouse gas emissions blamed for
global warming and also domestic legislation and regulations. The
E.P.A. was considering regulating CO2 coming from car exhausts, carbon
dioxide being the main greenhouse gas, and he led the effort from the
industry to stop all of that stuff. And then he went to the White
House in 2001 and essentially, at least according to everything that I
have seen, continued that same effort.

AMY GOODMAN: Talk about what he deleted, what he took out of the reports.

ANDREW REVKIN: It's all -- if you looked at individual wording changes
and revisions and rewrites, you might say, oh, you know, what is that,
it’s just a little qualifying adjective or, you know, what's a big
paragraph in a 300-page document, but when you look at the sum total
of what changed, essentially scientists from a dozen agencies and
other officials from a dozen agencies spent months on these reports
coming up with language that they thought framed the issues correctly,
as far as the science goes, so when they put in a line that said the
earth is experiencing significant climate -- significant change,
environmental change right now, they meant that. It's a real thing.
It’s pretty unassailable fact. And in that instance, he changed the
word “is” to “may be”-- the earth “may be” undergoing a period of
unusual environmental change. And that kind of thing, for scientists
again is just sort of anathema, someone who had no scientific
training, he has got an economics bachelors degree and a law degree
and also with, essentially, a vested interest for years in not
accepting the science on global warming. That he was doing that kind
of revision was kind of horrifying to scientists within the
government, and that's why they came to me with the documents.



"Brutal and sadistic? By what girly-man standards? Compared
to how Saddam treated his prisoners, a bit of humiliation was
a walk in the park. AFAIK, No one died or even lost any blood."
-Albert Nurick, a usenet kook and blatant liar, on the rape,
torture and murder at bu$h's Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that
matter." -- Martin Luther King Jr.

"God told me to strike at al Qaeda and I struck them. And then
he instructed me to strike at Saddam, which I did."
-- George W. Bush

"Hence today I believe that I am acting in accordance with the
will of the Almighty Creator: by defending myself against the
Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord."
-- Adolf ******

"The tsunami was a wonderful opportunity to show not just the
US government, but the heart of the American people, and I think
it has paid great dividends for us." Condoleezza Rice

"One of the things we don't want to do is destroy the
infrastructure in Iraq because in a few days we're going
to own that country," - Tom Brokaw

Cost of probing Bill Clinton's sex life: $65 million.
Cost of probing the Columbia shuttle disaster: $50 million.
Funds assigned to independent Sept. 11 panel: $3 million.

"After all, it is the leaders of the country who determine
the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the
people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist
dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship.
Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the
bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to
do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the
peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country
to danger. It works the same in any country."
-- Hermann Goering, President of the Reichstag, Nazi Party, and
Luftwaffe Commander in Chief

"To announce that there must be no criticism of the President,
or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is
not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable
to the American public."
-- Theodore Roosevelt (1918)

"You know, when bu$h said that he's against nation building,
I didn't realize that he meant only the United States"
-- Al Franken

Don't let bu$h do to the United States what his very close
friend and top campaign contributor, Ken Lay, did to Enron...
On 23 Jun 2005 07:03:53 -0700, [email protected] wrote:

>>Why is bu$h trashing our planet? >

>Because he's an ignorant piece of ****.

Why do youthink we're scoping out Mars? An escape route!