Apparently, the Bush Administration has adopted a sophisticated new strategy for not dealing with global warming. From The New York Times:
White House Refused to Open Pollutants E-Mail
The White House in December refused to accept the Environmental Protection Agency’s conclusion that greenhouse gases are pollutants that must be controlled, telling agency officials that an e-mail message containing the document would not be opened, senior E.P.A. officials said last week.
The document, which ended up in e-mail limbo, without official status, was the E.P.A.’s answer to a 2007 Supreme Court ruling that required it to determine whether greenhouse gases represent a danger to health or the environment, the officials said.
The sad thing is that it looks like it sort of worked:
This week, more than six months later, the E.P.A. is set to respond to that order by releasing a watered-down version of the original proposal that offers no conclusion. Instead, the document reviews the legal and economic issues presented by declaring greenhouse gases a pollutant.
But, that’s beside the point. The real dilemma I’m faced with here is deciding whether the White House’s tactics are more reminiscent of a passive-aggressive disgruntled employee or a four-year-old. I guess they’re a little of both.