Philip A. Cooney
US oil industry lobbyist Philip Cooney
became chief of the White House Council on Environmental Quality in
During the next four years, he systematically deleted or altered scientific findings in federal reports, of global warming and its imminent dangers. Not surprisingly, he had no scientific background whatsoever.
Members of Congress confronted Cooney about his contacting a conservative think-tank in 2002, to coordinate a response to a major State Department report on climate change damage.
Cooney left his White House position in 2005, after a New York Times expose of the disinformation he’d caused.
The next day he was hired by Exxon Mobil to become its Corporate Issues Manager.
Prior to joining the Bush administration, Cooney had served as lobbyist and “climate team leader” for the American Petroleum Institute (API), the trade association for the oil industry. (According to an APT mission statement “victory will be achieved when average citizens understand uncertainties in climate science.”)
At the White House he routinely belittled climate-change research. With one official scientific report on global warming, Cooney struck out a paragraph on the looming impact of shrinking glaciers on water availability.
He wrote in the margin that the conclusions were “straying from research strategy into speculative findings [and] musings.”
While in the White House, Cooney’s collaboration with a major industrial advocacy group was condemned in Congress. In 2002, Cooney and the Competitive Enterprise Institute had jointly planned a response to the State Department’s 2002 Climate Action Report, prepared for the United Nations Convention on Climate Change.
In March 2007, a House hearing on interference in global-warming research found that while at the White House, Cooney had edited out hundreds of fact-based findings in government reports.
Cooney testified that he’d held himself to a “high standard of integrity” at the time, and believed that the White House’s stance on climate science was “rooted in a commitment to serving the best interests of the American people.”
- http://www.nytimes.com/2005/06/08/politics/08climate.html?ei=5090&en=221 49dc70c0731d8&ex=1275883200&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss
- http://www.senate.gov/~gov_affairs/index.cfm?FuseAction=PressReleases.Detail&Aff iliation=R&PressRelease_id=496&Month=9&Year=2003
- http://www.plan etark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/31264/story.htm