The Scientific Activist

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.


  1. #1 themadlolscientist
    June 25, 2008

    Most people outgrow the “I can’t see you, so you can’t see me” thing by age 18 months or so………

  2. #2 Martin
    June 27, 2008

    It is, basically, the ultimate in Denialism.

    I’d like to know a bit more though, about who exactly was responsible for this. Presumably some person or persons at the White House actually read the offending e-mail, and made the decision to leave it in limbo, but other than some digs at the Spokesman Fratto, there doesn’t seem to be much more information than that….

  3. #3 tguy
    July 1, 2008

    It is the executively privileged equivalent of “Lalalalalala-I CAN’T HEAR YOU!”

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