SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER EDITORIAL BOARD
In an apparent attempt to downplay the effects of climate change, the White House Office of Management and Budget (aka, The Ministry of Truth) gouged the text of testimony given by a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee this week.
The Associated Press reports that CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding's testimony, providing scientific details about the nature of diseases that will spread should the Earth continue to warm, was cut in half by the White House. A CDC insider told the AP that while some changes were customary, the edits to Gerberding's original draft were especially "heavy-handed." Cut were statements such as, "scientific evidence supports the view that the Earth's climate is changing" and, "Despite this extensive activity, the public health effects of climate change remain largely unaddressed. CDC considers climate change a serious public health concern." Seriously.
The White House says the statements were not diluted. But Gerberding was allowed to say only that climate change is "anticipated to have a broad range" of health impacts and then had to focus on how to prepare for problems she wasn't permitted to list. In July, it surfaced that former Surgeon General Dr. Richard Carmona faced similar censorship when it came to speaking about emergency contraception and global health challenges.
For a country that houses and supports some of the world's premiere scientific minds, this administration's backward policies are nothing short of embarrassing. What's the justification for these tactics?