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    pottery-barn counter-narratives and a nation full of flip-floppers..., 2005-06-13 13:00:10 | Main | it is fantastic..., 2005-06-13 14:36:41

    when they said "repent" I wonder what they meant:

    "We want to know more about it", but You don't want Americans to know more about it:

    Cooney, who resigned Friday, is a former lobbyist for the American Petroleum Institute, which represents the oil industry. The Institute's stance regarding man-made global warming is on par with an evangelist's stance on evolution: It's a theory, not a fact. Cooney was the chief of staff for the White House Council on Environmental Quality, which develops the Bush administration's environmental policies. He has no scientific credentials whatsoever. He studied economics in college and became a lawyer. But Cooney had no problem acting as the White House's scientific editor-in-chief when it comes to global warming.

    According to The New York Times, which obtained White House documents on climate issues that have sustained Cooney's editing, Cooney routinely added and deleted words and sentences to research reports issued by the administration -- those reports that result from the "millions of dollars spent on research about climate change" that Bush referred to Tuesday. Cooney's editing was designed to make any suggestion of man-made global warming seem a lot more doubtful than it may be, and to delete scientifically-based projections of global warming's consequences if those projections clash with the administration's view that global warming is not a serious problem.

    In a 2002 report projecting such changes, for example, the following lines had appeared in an early draft: "Warming will also cause reductions in mountain glaciers and advance the timing of the melt of mountain snow packs in polar regions. In turn, runoff rates will change and flood potential will be altered in ways that are currently not well understood." The passage goes on for several sentences detailing those changes, some of which are no longer speculative: Glaciers have been retreating dramatically in several spots on the planet. Cooney deleted the whole section and replaced it with an innocuous line: "Warming could also lead to changes in the water cycle in polar regions."

    Indeed, "in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda."

    It's really the "(Applause)" right after that in the White House release that really sticks in my mind. We know his handlers only allow registered Republicans into those meetings, it's like a third of the country has been so utterly labotomized that the guy can tell them he's just riffing off propaganda, just telling them what to think and how to think it, and they robotically applaud. They know that they're being lied to, regularly about things that affect them and their children, and they somehow internalize it into something else. They watch the news for evidence of the end of days, so I guess it doesn't matter what the guy says because he's going to immanetize the rapture.

    I need to grab the recording of that applause. It's fucking creepy.


:: posted by buermann @ 2005-06-13 14:00:28 CST | link





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