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White House cuts CDC director’s climate change testimoy

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Dr. Julie Gerberding, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, had her 14 pages of testimony on the subject of the impact of climate change on health cut to just 4 pages by the White House.  What got cut?

The deletions directed by the White House included details on how many people might be adversely affected because of increased warming and the scientific basis for some of the CDC’s analysis on what kinds of diseases might be spread in a warmer climate and rising sea levels, according to one official who has seen the original version.

MSNBC has more details here.

Unfortunately, this heavy handed censorship of science on climate change is not new.  A NASA PR appointee, George Deutsch,  who worked on the Bush campaign attempted to silence Dr. James Hansen on this same topic.  Deutsch, who said that his job was “to make the president look good”, later resigned after it became known that he falsified his resume.  Scientific Activist has more details, and Dr. Hansen says it best:

“He’s only a bit player,” Dr. Hansen said of Mr. Deutsch. ” The problem is much broader and much deeper and it goes across agencies. That’s what I’m really concerned about.”

“On climate, the public has been misinformed and not informed,” he said. “The foundation of a democracy is an informed public, which obviously means an honestly informed public. That’s the big issue here.”

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Written by Scott

October 24, 2007 at 9:28 am

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