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White House policy: Don't like it? Delete it.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Cheney deletes EPA climate change testimonyA former EPA adviser alleges that Vice President Dick Cheney's office pressured the agency to delete nearly half of their testimony on the public health effects of climate change.

President Bush took responsibility for the deletion when it made headlines in October, claiming that there wasn't the science to back up the EPA's claims. Now Jason K. Burnett says that in fact it was Cheney's office that called for the deletions, because the Vice President worried that the testimony would "make it harder to avoid regulating greenhouse gases."

Wouldn't it be nice if we could control our own lives the way the administration apparently controls science? If you got a bad grade in a class, you could just delete it from your transcript. Bad review from your employer? Couple of clicks and it's gone!

But not only is that not possible for the rest of us -- most of us wouldn't do it anyway, because it's dishonest. And that's nothing compared to manipulating science because it isn't good for your business interests. That's absolutely shameful.

Photo by Down the Waterfall.