Rise and Fall and Rise

RISE AND FALL AND RISE….ExxonMobil timeline:

  • Seven days ago: “President’s George Bush’s decision not to sign the United States up to the Kyoto global warming treaty was partly a result of pressure from ExxonMobil, the world’s most powerful oil company, and other industries, according to US State Department papers seen by the Guardian.”

  • Also seven days ago: “A White House official who once led the oil industry’s fight against limits on greenhouse gases has repeatedly edited government climate reports in ways that play down links between such emissions and global warming, according to internal documents….The official, Philip A. Cooney, removed or adjusted descriptions of climate research that government scientists and their supervisors…had already approved.”

  • Five days ago: “Philip A. Cooney, the chief of staff to President Bush?s Council on Environmental Quality, resigned yesterday, White House officials said.”

  • Today: “Philip A. Cooney, the former White House staff member who repeatedly revised government scientific reports on global warming, will go to work for Exxon Mobil this fall, the oil company said yesterday.”

Philip Cooney: hardworking White House staffer or bought-and-paid-for shill for the oil industry? Or is there a difference?

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