After a whistleblower exposed Bush administration official Philip A. Cooney for altering environmental reports to remove evidence of global warming, one of the worldâ€™s largest oil companies has hired Cooney into a public relations positionâ€”the White House did not deny Cooney’s actions; instead it said they were a routine part of policy making.
A White House policy official who resigned two days after being accused of altering scientific reports linking greenhouse gasses and global warming has taken a public relations job with ExxonMobil, one of the world’s largest oil companies.
The official, Philip A. Cooney, was a lobbyist with the nation’s largest oil lobby group, the American Petroleum Institute, prior to joining the Bush administration as chief of staff of the White House Council on Environmental Quality.
According to a government whistleblower who came forward last week, part of Cooney’s job appeared to be altering reports affirming the existence of global warming and the connection between it and greenhouse gasses in ways that cast doubt upon the scientists’ conclusions. The White House did not deny the accusation; instead it said such actions were a routine part of policy making.
In a statement, ExxonMobil said politics had nothing to do with its decision to hire Cooney. He is to handle public affairs duties for the company.
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Author: Brendan Coyne
News Service: NewStandard