Philip A. Cooney, the chief of staff to President Bush’s Council on
Environmental Quality, resigned yesterday, White House officials said.
Mr. Cooney’s resignation came two days after documents revealed that he had
repeatedly edited government climate reports in ways that cast doubt on the link
between building greenhouse-gas emissions and rising temperatures.
Mr. Cooney has no scientific training. Dana Perino, a deputy White House press
secretary, said Mr. Cooney “had long been considering his options following four
years of service in the administration.” Ms. Perino said the decision was
unrelated to revelations about the documents. Mr. Cooney did not return e-mails
messages or phone messages left at his home.
Ms. Perino noted that the documents in question dated from 2003.
“He had accumulated many weeks of leave and had decided to resign and take the
summer off to spend the time with his family,” ...