WASHINGTON (AP) _ Two Democrats are challenging the White
House's claims that sections of proposed congressional testimony on
global warming were removed because they conflicted with findings
from a U-N panel.
Senator Barbara Boxer released a paragraph-by-paragraph
comparison of the phrases that the White House removed and the
panel's report this year on how climate change affected public
The comparisons showed striking similarities. Both raised virtually identical concerns, such as heat stress on vulnerable populations, the likelihood of respiratory illnesses from increased air pollution and spread of waterborne infectious diseases.
At issue is testimony Tuesday by Julie Gerberding, director of the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, which Boxer heads. The topic was the likely effects of global warming on public health.
The Associated Press reported that Gerberding's draft testimony was edited heavily during a White House review. The White House
acknowledged yesterday that significant sections were deleted. Six
of the deleted pages detailed how global warming might affect Americans and they included a section with the title, ``Climate
Change is a Public Concern.''
White House press secretary Dana Perino said the deletions were
made because John Marburger, who heads the White House Office of
Science and Technology, and his staff raised concerns that the sections were NOT in line with the findings of the U-N panel.
The U-N Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has led
worldwide research on global warming.