Tuesday, June 14, 2005

You Can't Make This Stuff Up ...

A senior White House official involved in a damaging controversy over his deleting of dire climate change warnings from U.S. government reports abruptly resigned last week, but the White House denies his departure had anything to do with the flap.

Philip Cooney, chief of staff of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, stepped down on June 10. Presidential spokeswoman Erin Healy said the resignation was "completely unrelated" to the recent release of documents showing Cooney had edited government documents to remove links between greenhouse emissions and global warming. Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) and Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) have asked the Government Accountability Office to investigate the allegations.

But don't worry about Cooney. Apparently, the controversy -- the sort of thing that would damage most resumes -- isn't a problem for his future employer. That employer is Exxon Mobil.

The Associated Press reported on June 14 that Cooney will join the energy conglomerate in the fall. Company spokesman Russ Roberts declined to describe Cooney's job to the AP.

Prior to joining the Bush Administration, Cooney was a lobbyist for the American Petroleum Institute.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was he accused of the "deleting of dire climate change warnings" or was he accused of changing the language to emphasize or de-emphasize the potential effects? Just askin ...

6:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think he deleted certain words, which as a result de-emphasized potential linkage.

7:55 PM  
Anonymous alias: "cutiepie" johnson said...

He came, he saw, he got exposed for being a fraud, he quickly resigned.

Veni, Vidi, Vice Squad, Vacation?

8:10 PM  
Blogger Shadow said...

Jon Stewart's brilliant! Keith Olbermann's great, too. Why doesn't this stuff "stick" to Bush?

11:02 PM  

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