Friday, May 30, 2008

White House Denies, Dissembles, Delays

Photo - Charlie Reidel (AP)

Yesterday - only four years late (and only after being ordered by a judge to do it), the White House Thursday released a new report - a comprehensive scientific assessment of specific threats to the USA from man-made global warming.

The report is noteworthy in that, despite its extreme tardiness, it does come (albeit begrudgingly) from a White House that has pretended all along that the scientists were engaged in a great hoax.

USA Today reports:

The report was required by a 1990 law which says that every four years the government must produce a comprehensive science assessment of global warming. It had not been done since 2000.

Environmental groups got a court order last summer to force the Bush administration to produce the document by the end of this month. Hays said the White House has preferred issuing studies on individual global warming issues, such as an agricultural effects report that was released on Tuesday.

"It's totally begrudging," said Rick Piltz, director of Climate Science Watch at the nonprofit Government Accountability Project, a whistle-blowers' organization. "It's important the government go on record honestly acknowledging this stuff."
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