The Bush war on science and climate continues

The Guardian online asked me for an opinion piece on the recent ozone decision at EPA. It begins:

Why is it that, in the Bush administration, the desires of well-heeled polluters always trump the analyses of government scientists? The answer is that the top political appointees — and the president himself — personally weigh in on the side of industry.

No surprise to anybody who read Chris Mooney’s excellent book, but it is somehow reassuring, in a pathetic sort of way, to know that the old saying is true: “Plus §a change, plus c’est la mªme chose.” Pardon my French.

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I do think it is stunning, even for Bush, that the President himself personally intervened to stop the EPA from trying to modestly slow carbon dioxide emissions growth.

You can read the whole piece here.