White House Scrubbed CDC's Climate Speech

Critics say Bush team deleted portions on global warming
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 24, 2007 5:41 PM CDT
Dr. Julie Gerberding, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, talks about the Sars virus at Kent State Stark Professional Center.   (KRT Photos)
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(Newser) – The White House halved prepared testimony the CDC director gave to a Senate committee this week, zapping sections about diseases that might result from global warming. A Bush spokeswoman said the speech was not “watered down,” the AP reports, but sentences such as “scientific evidence supports the view that the earth’s climate is changing” were excised.

A CDC spokesman said the edits were “heavy-handed” by the White House’s standards; an anonymous official preferred “eviscerated.” Among the warnings scrubbed were vulnerability to air pollution, waterborne diseases, and frequent hot spells. Responded the CDC director: "I don't let people put words in my mouth, and I stand for science."