Fighting global warming with the delete key

Bush's designated global warming fact-fudger has taken a new job at ExxonMobil, but there are plenty of others who can take his place.

By Katharine Mieszkowski
Published June 17, 2005 8:37PM (EDT)

Bush's designated global warming fact-fudger has taken a new job at ExxonMobil. But it looks like there'll be plenty of others in the administration willing to spin the global warming issue into something the U.S. and the world needn't worry much about.

The latest revelations, from Friday's Washington Post: The Bush administration worked behind the scenes to weaken a G-8 nations plan to fight climate change. "U.S. officials pressed negotiators to drop sections of the report that highlight some problems tied to global warming, warn of more frequent droughts and floods, and commit a specific dollar amount to promoting carbon sequestration in developing countries," the paper reported.

"One deleted section, for example, initially cited 'increasingly compelling evidence of climate change, including rising ocean and atmospheric temperatures, retreating ice sheets and glaciers, rising sea levels, and changes to ecosystems.' It added: 'Inertia in the climate system means that further warming is inevitable. Unless urgent action is taken, there will be a growing risk of adverse effects on economic development, human health and the natural environment, and of irreversible long-term changes to our climate and oceans.'"

How convenient that some judicious typing can wipe out the threat of global warming without costing the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases anything.

Katharine Mieszkowski

Katharine Mieszkowski is a senior writer for Salon.

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