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Transport Secretary Caught in Lobbying Effort Against California Clean Air

When government officials bow to lobbyists it's business as usual, when government officials do the work of the lobbyist, it's borderline scandalous. Internal government documents released today show that lobbying in Washington has gotten much easier for auto manufacturers, with government officials doing it for them.

Email correspondence obtained by Rep. Henry Waxman, Chair of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee shows current Bush Administration appointees heading up a lobbying effort against California's application to implement their own motor vehicle standards.

According to Waxman, the effort was personally directed by the Bush-appointed Secretary of Transportation, Mary Peters, apparently approved by the Chief of Staff in the White House Council on Environmental Quality and coordinated by the auto industry.

Copies of the emails are attached at the bottom of this post.

About Face in the White House?

Bush's chief science adviser admitted that global warming posed a huge threat to the planet and that there is no question that humans are to blame.

In an interview with the BBC, Professor John Marburger called the facts 'unequivocal'. Click here to see Think Progress' repost of the BBC broadcast. We'll be watching to hear how the White House responds to this.

Both Democrats and Republicans bend over for King Coal, but Bush administration bends further

The U.S. Interior Department last week proposed new regulations aimed at permanently legalizing high-altitude strip mining of coal, a ruthless process that has thus far ruined 1,200 miles of streams and hundreds of square miles of forests. Due to the financial might of the coal industry, neither Democratic nor Republican administrations have made a serious effort to curb this serial decapitation of Appalachian coal seams, but the Bush people have been especially resourceful in perpetuating it.

White House set to expand mountaintop coal mining

The Bush administration is expected to issue a regulation Friday to enshrine the coal mining practice of mountaintop removal, which involves blasting off the tops of mountains and dumping the rubble into valleys and streams. Apart from a multiplicity of other forms of environmental degradation, use of the technique will expand dependence on coal, the largest source of atmospheric CO2, and slow conversion from fossil to renewable fuels.

Court orders Bush administration to prepare global-warming documents

In a case brought by environmentalists, a U.S. court has ruled the White House broke the law by failing to prepare studies and plans for dealing with climate change, and ordered the administration to produce the required documents by early next year.

Yet another case of Bush administration science suppression

From Clayton Sandell at ABC News:

“A federal court today issued a harsh rebuke of the Bush administration for its failure to issue long-delayed reports assessing the impacts and consequences of global warming in the United States.”

And so continues the seemingly endless saga of an administration bent on hiding the facts from a public who is more than capable of judging on its own what is true and what is not. Shows how much this administration respects the intellect of the American public.

U.S. energy bill clears House, but still faces White House opposition, Senate tussle

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed energy legislation that would extract $16 billion in annual subsidies from oil companies while supporting ‘clean’ energy sources like biofuels, wind, solar and geothermal. But the bill, opposed by President Bush, must be merged with Senate measures before it can become law.

So why the stealth release of the US Climate Action Report?

It's no wonder the State Department avoided any press attention over the latest US Climate Action Report released on Friday. (see this previous post for details).

You can find the whole report here - I've taken the liberty of highlighting some of the more interesting quotes that I'm sure the White House would love to sweep under the rug…

Bush admin stealthily releases US Climate Action Report

In the news industry everyone knows that the bad news always comes out on a Friday afternoon. Why? Because everyone also knows that most media has filed early and gone home for the day.

Seems the Bush administration pulled this little PR trick just last week with the release of its 19-month overdue US Climate Action Report. 

DeSmog TV interviews George W Bush on global warming

It seems we have enough fans in the White House to land an exclusive DeSmog TV interview with the US Commander-in-Chief George W. himself!

Check it out. And while you're at, take a look at past DeSmog TV episodes on our YouTube Channel.

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