White House Meddled With Climate Change Science: Report

House committee finds attempts to 'mislead'
By Kevin Langbaum,  Newser User
Posted Dec 12, 2007 5:15 PM CST
James Connaughton, chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality(CEQ), speaks to the media during a news conference at the US Embassy in Tokyo Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2007. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A House committee says the Bush administration has attempted to mislead the public about global warming by editing written testimony, controlling media access to scientists, and trying to minimize the links between climate change and hurricanes, the Christian Science Monitor reports. The study, authored mainly by Democrats, accuses the White House of "a systematic effort to manipulate climate change science."

Among other conclusions of the 16-month investigation: the president's environment adviser had inapproprate influence over EPA documents and a federal scientist was prohibited from testifying that humans influence climate change. While watchdog groups cheered the findings by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the White House and a top Republican congressman dismissed them as partisan politics.