WHITE HOUSE EDITS OF CLIMATE TESTIMONY CAUSE FLAP

October 31, 2007

White House edits of testimony delivered Oct. 24 to the Senate Environment Committee by Centers for Disease Control director Julie Gerberding have brought consternation from Democrats and environmentalists and a circling of wagons at the White House.

While White House spokesperson Dana Perino initially denied the testimony, which focused on the potential health effects of climate change, had been watered down, it eventually became clear that Gerberding's testimony had been cut by half. Top Bush science advisor John Marburger said the edits were for scientific accuracy and consistency with the authoritative Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. But environmentalists and committee Democrats countered that the White House was suppressing science that was at odds with its policy positions.