From one slick operation to another

Surprise, surprise: The man who cooked the books on global warming at the Bush White House has a bright future with Big Oil.

By Mark Follman
Published June 15, 2005 2:38PM (EDT)

Surprise, surprise: President Bush's former chief of staff for environmental policy -- the one who resigned last week after it was reported that he'd been cooking the books on global warming -- has a new gig taking him back into a familiar industry. From today's Times: "Philip A. Cooney, the White House staff member who repeatedly revised government scientific reports on global warming, will go to work for ExxonMobil in the fall, the oil company said today."

From the Bush White House back into Big Oil (he used to be a lobbyist for the American Petroleum Institute), and in less than a week. Think there's any connection between the two? As David G. Hawkins of the Natural Resources Defense Council put it today, "Perhaps he won't even notice he has changed jobs."

Mark Follman

Mark Follman is Salon's deputy news editor. Read his other articles here.

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