Any idea how this is going to be spun? Me neither:
Philip A. Cooney, the White House staff member who repeatedly revised government scientific reports on global warming, will go to work for ExxonMobil in the fall, the oil company said today.
Mr. Cooney resigned on Friday as chief of staff to President Bush’s environmental policy council, two days after documents obtained by The New York Times showed that he had edited the reports in ways that cast doubt on the link between greenhouse-gas emissions and rising temperatures.
A former lawyer and lobbyist with the American Petroleum Institute, the main lobbying group for the oil industry, Mr. Cooney has no scientific training.
The White House, which said Friday that there was no connection between last week’s disclosure and Mr. Cooney’s resignation, repeated today that Mr. Cooney’s actions were part of the normal review process for documents on environmental issues involving many government agencies.
“Phil Cooney did a great job,” said Dana Perino, a deputy White House spokeswoman, “and we appreciate his public service and the work that he did, and we wish him well in the private sector.”
An Exxon spokesman, Tom Cirigliano, declined to describe Mr. Cooney’s new job. Associates of Mr. Cooney said he planned to move to Dallas. Mr. Cooney did not return e-mail or phone messages.ExxonMobil has long financed advertising and lobbying efforts that question whether human-caused warming poses sufficiently serious risks to justify curbing carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas emitted by smokestacks and tailpipes.
I understand that he was an oil industry lawyer before he went to the Administration, so it makes sense he would work for the oil industry afterwards, but Jeebus.