GAO to investigate whether Cooney’s editing was illegal
Chris Mooney has a good catch today: Senators Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and Harry Reid (D-Nev.) have asked the GAO, the investigative arm of Congress, to determine whether recently-resigned Bush administration official Philip Cooney violated federal statutes against obstruction of Congress and false statements.
Cooney, as you may recall, is the former oil industry lobbyist, turned chief of staff of the White House Council on Environmental Quality who edited research reports to play up uncertainties about global warming. Turned, uh, oil industry lobbyist. (To everything turn, turn, turn, eh?)
Lautenberg and Reid are also asking the Climate Change Science Program to retract the redacted reports, writes Chris. “I don’t know what kind of results this will achieve, but it’s a new tactic, as well as a strong demonstration that Congress is getting serious about the science abuse issue.”