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Former Bush Aide Who Edited Reports Is Hired by Exxon

Source:  Copyright 2005, New York Times
Date:  June 15, 2005
Byline:  ANDREW C. REVKIN
Original URL: Status ONLINE


Philip A. Cooney, the former White House staff member who repeatedly revised government scientific reports on global warming, will go to work for Exxon Mobil this fall, the oil company said yesterday.

Bush Aide Softened Greenhouse Gas Links to Global Warming (June 8, 2005) Mr. Cooney resigned as chief of staff for President Bush's environmental policy council on Friday, two days after documents obtained by The New York Times revealed that he had edited the reports in ways that cast doubt on the link between the emission of greenhouse gases and rising temperatures.

A former lawyer and lobbyist with the American Petroleum Institute, the main lobbying group for the oil industry, Mr. Cooney has no scientific training. The White House, which said on Friday that there was no connection between last week's disclosure and Mr. Cooney's resignation, repeated yesterday that his actions were part of the normal review process for documents ...

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