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Dick Cheney's Continuing Environmental Influence

POSTED: 08:07 PM ET, 07/ 8/2008 by Derek Kravitz

Dick Cheney
Vice President Dick Cheney delivers remarks during the Gerald R. Ford Journalism Prize luncheon, Monday, June 2, 2008, at the National Press Club in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

The revelation by a former Environmental Protection Agency official that a member of Vice President Dick Cheney's staff altered the politically damaging testimony of an EPA colleague is only the latest evidence of Cheney's influence and power in shaping the nation's environmental policy.

Jason K. Burnett, a 31-year-old former EPA deputy associate administrator, said an official from Cheney's office edited out six pages from the testimony of Julie L. Gerberding, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, last October.
The Post reported at the time that Gerberding had planned to say that "CDC considers climate change a serious public health concern," among other passages.

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said the administration feared that Gerberding's testimony would force it to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuels, The Post's Juliet Eilperin reports today. The White House has opposed mandatory limits, pushing for voluntary measures and increased research instead.

Burnett, a lifelong Democrat, Stanford-educated economist and member of the wealthy Packard family, has given given more than $120,000 to Democratic campaigns in recent years, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Frank O'Donnell, who heads the advocacy group Clean Air Watch, told The Post that Burnett's revelations confirm that Cheney has been the one steering the nation's environmental policy during President Bush's tenure.

An in-depth Post investigation last year -- Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency -- revealed a man whose influence and power in the historically weak post was unparalleled.

Scores of interviews and government records showed that Cheney took on a decisive role as vice president to undercut long-standing environmental regulations for the benefit of business.

The Post's Jo Becker and Barton Gellman looked at how Cheney "made an indelible mark on the administration's approach" to everything from air and water quality to the preservation of national parks and forests.

Cheney's control over air pollution controls and the Clean Air Act is nothing new.

EPA administrator Christine Todd Whitman famously warred with Cheney over a provision of the Clean Air Act, which allowed some of the nation's dirtiest plants to make major modifications without installing costly new pollution controls.

By Derek Kravitz |  July 8, 2008; 8:07 PM ET
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Jason Burnett is NOT some savior to be praised. He's a calculating political hack who only served to undermine the Administration he purported to "serve." He's a sworn Democrat who the Bush Administration (naively) opened the door for, and now he's accomplishing what he origally set out to do - embarrass his former bosses. He's contributed thousands of dollars to Democrat candidates. Why should Jason Burnett be believed? He's a hack, plain and simple.

Posted by: Sharkman | July 8, 2008 8:34 PM

But there's no crime. No crime is even being alleged here. Nothing has been done that the administration doesn't have a legal right to do. So what is the problem, exactly?

Posted by: James M | July 8, 2008 9:10 PM

Chaney is a traitor. How many crimes does he have to commit before congress exercises their power of oversight?
How much have Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid been paid to let the treason go unchecked?
It really amazes me that the inbreds are still cheering on the enemies that are waging war against our constitution.

Posted by: DWayne | July 8, 2008 9:18 PM

What else is new? Once again the Bush administration has redacted what they don't want the public to know because is makes them look bad. They amend the laws so their corporate donors can pollute without recourse. The operative phrase in this story is "for the benefit of business".

"..that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." Sorry Abe, it perished when Bush took office.

Posted by: Bill | July 8, 2008 9:33 PM

The sooner those who know about Cheney's past actions reveal them, the better the odds that this nation and people might rise from the ashes he leaves.

Posted by: Fletcher | July 8, 2008 10:53 PM

i truly believe that both bush and chaney deserve a fair trial...

Posted by: adam | July 8, 2008 11:09 PM

So what?
Do you want any old nobody from every piece of government to be able to say whatever they want without OVERSIGHT?
This is a NON story. The POST should be ashamed.
Cheney may be a lousy VP but he IS doing his job.

Posted by: John | July 8, 2008 11:15 PM

James M.: But there's no crime. No crime is even being alleged here. Nothing has been done that the administration doesn't have a legal right to do. So what is the problem, exactly?
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The problem?
Are you SERIOUS?
You are not even just a tiny bit disturbed that your leaders chose profit over your--and your family's, friends', etc health???!!!

Posted by: Ioana | July 8, 2008 11:15 PM

The problem is this administration has run roughshod over the Constitution and have lined the pockets of the corporations while doing so. In return the corporations ship their labor overseas to third world countries who commit horrible labor abuses such as in Columbia where the labor leaders are killed by the government that John McCain says we should trade with. There will be plenty of criminal charges ahead from President Obama's DOJ. Just wait.

Posted by: Bill | July 8, 2008 11:29 PM

Seriously ... what hasn't this scum done so far that should not land him in a real court of law ... He is scum, pure and simple. If there's an evil workaround to a righteous solution ... there you will find DICK Cheny. When the right thing could be done, just look to your right and there you will see DICK doing the wrong thing, for all the wrong reasons. CLean up the environment" ... "that's sissy talk ... goddamn it ... get me some more money."

He is pornographic, in the worst sense of the word.

Posted by: Robert | July 8, 2008 11:51 PM

James M said :"But there's no crime. No crime is even being alleged here. Nothing has been done that the administration doesn't have a legal right to do. So what is the problem, exactly."

So that is what things have come to? If it is just underhanded, dispicable, dishonest and counter to the principles of Democracy, it is "no problem"? Is everyone so jaded by this administration that it takes High Crimes, treason, and Crimes against Humanity to get a reaction?

If Cheney's child pornography stash were to be found, you might finally get SOME sort of legal action, but I seriously doubt it even then.

Posted by: Bubba Bob | July 9, 2008 12:06 AM

I believe that Mr. Cheney honestly thinks that what he's doing is for the benefits of Americans, economy, job. Yet, the PROBLEM is how he's doing it. He has actively and deliberately tried to keep information from American people, law makers in the debate about global warming matter in order to advance his own policy. He tries to prevent a democratic society from making informed decision(s) about global warming and its possible consequences. In addition, by doing so, he undermines the integrity of the government.
A democratic society can not afford such behavior by the Vice President, and obviously sanctioned by the President himself.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 9, 2008 1:04 AM

I believe that Mr. Cheney honestly thinks that what he's doing is for the benefits of Americans, economy, job. Yet, the PROBLEM is how he's doing it. He has actively and deliberately tried to keep information from American people, law makers in the debate about global warming matter in order to advance his own policy. He tries to prevent a democratic society from making informed decision(s) about global warming and its possible consequences. In addition, by doing so, he undermines the integrity of the government.
A democratic society can not afford such behavior by the Vice President, and obviously sanctioned by the President himself.

Posted by: Tan A Le | July 9, 2008 1:08 AM

THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES HAS CAUSED POLITICAL CENSORSHIP TO THWART ACTION OF THE EPA AND THE RULE OF LAW AS DEFINED BY THE UNITED STATE SUPREME COURT, TO KEEP US FROM KNOWING THE TRUE HARM OF GLOBAL WARMING.CHENEY IS LEAVING AS HE ARRIVED[7]

In the early days of the Bush presidency, Vice President Dick Cheney came under attack for drafting a national energy policy in secret. Now, as the Bush presidency winds down, Cheney is again coming under attack for his behind-the-scenes efforts to play down the threats of global warming in order to thwart regulation of greenhouse gas emissions. [7]
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Good Morning Flint. 07/09/08
FULL:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Flintcitizen/message/1666

SUMMARY:
http://flinttalk.com/viewtopic.php?p=31829#31829
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SUMMARY

1.CHENEY TOLD THE GOVERNMENTS SCIENTISTS TO LIE TO CONGRESS
Some of the government's top scientists were forced by Vice President Cheney's office to downplay the health dangers of global warming when testifying before Congress, a former senior EPA official said Tuesday. [1]
The story is a little confusing, but at its heart is the continuation of a campaign of lies and misinformation coming from our White House about the very real impact of global warming.[8]

2.CHENEY HAS KEPT OUR EPA FROM PROTECTING AMERICANS GREENHOUSE GAS
The issue of whether greenhouse gases endanger public health or welfare is significant because a finding by the EPA that they do would require the agency to regulate them under the terms of the federal Clean Air Act, spurring new rules across a range of industries.[3]

3.THEIR WHITE HOUSE IS IN CONFLICT WITH OUR EPA

4.CHENEY IS COMMITTING A COVER UP THAT SHOULD BE CRIMINAL

5.WHITE HOUSE DENIES CHENEY'S LIES, NOTE THE ARE THE SAME PEOPLE THAT BROUGHT US THE WMD ARGUMENTS

6.BUSH LIES TO G8 IN JAPAN AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AT HOME

7.SENATES ATTEMPT TO LEARN ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING BACK BURNERED BY CHENEY CENSORSHIP

8.U.S. SUPREME COURT RULED GREENHOUSE GASSES ARE POLLUTANTS

9.CHENEY DOES NOT WANT US TO LEARN HOW GLOBAL WARMING WILL HARM US

10.THE ADMINISTRATION WANTED THEIR REPORT TO BE THE SAME AS ANOTHER

11.THE ADMINISTRATION WANTED TO MAKE THEIR REPORT BETTER, FOR THEM

12.CLIMATE CHANGE IS HAPPENING AND WILL HAVE A BAD IMPACT ON HUMAN HEALTH AND FOOD AND WATER SCARCITY

Boxer released documents today alleging that Gerberding's testimony nevertheless was altered, including findings that climate change is ``likely to have a significant impact on health'' as a result of heat and allergic diseases plus food and water scarcity.[5]"We now know that this censorship was part of a master plan" to make the EPA's response to a Supreme Court order that greenhouse gases were pollutants that must be regulated by the federal government "as weak as possible," Boxer said.[7]

13.ANOTHER BUSH COVER UP HOW MANY MORE BEFORE THEY LEAVE

14.CHENEY IS THE HEART OF THE REPUBLICAN EFFORTS TO GIVE THIS COUNTRY TO THE RICH

15.CHENEY HAS BEEN ANTI ENVIRONMENTAL SINCE DAY ONE

16.WHEN OUR GOVERNMENT CENSURES ITSELF TO KEEP US FROM KNOWING THE TRUTH WE SHOULD BE ANGRY, HERE AT THE REPUBLICANS
Obviously, we'll see how this story plays out, though it does confirm many suspicions that censorship of global warming information is happening both knowingly, and at the highest levels. [8]

Posted by: terrybankert | July 9, 2008 4:42 AM

Cheney is a big f'ing d'bag His first name suits him well..

Posted by: Democrats 08 | July 9, 2008 6:11 AM

The White House asking for emissions control measures on a voluntary basis is like the Olympic Committee asking for steroid control measures on a voluntary basis; why on earth would anyone voluntarily put themselves at a disadvantage?

There's smaller government, and then there's misguided, self-deluding, and corrupt government.

If ever we needed evidence of why so many are calling for the impeachment of Vice President Dick Cheney, look no further than this.

Posted by: cbmtrx | July 9, 2008 7:25 AM

Cheney - THE UGLIEST MAN IN MIND AND BODY. HE IS AN EXACT REPLICA OF THE HITLER REGIME AND PROBABLY SAYS "HEIL hITLER" BEFORE HITTING THE SAC EACH NIGHT. BETWEEN STUPID,NASTY, DANGEROUS BUSH,ANTI AMERICAN OBAMA, OLE MAN MC CAIN AND ALL THE DIRTY POLITICAL MINDS AND MONEY WE SHOULD BE SCARED STIFF.

P.S. CHENEY SHOULD HAVE HIS TEETH CLEANED, HE IS UGLY ENOUGH TO LOOK AT WITHOUT ADDING A DIRTY LIEING MOUTH AND DIRTY TEETH!

Posted by: lynn parker. | July 9, 2008 8:48 AM

Adam: I truly believe America deserves a fair trial - I would not concern myself with the two worst enemies we have BUSH AND CHENEY!

Posted by: lynn parker | July 9, 2008 8:52 AM

Supreme justices merely enhance global public-private partnership crime and very sophisticated financial innovation to serve special interests of the happy few.

www.complexxon.org

Posted by: Stephan Tychon | July 11, 2008 6:29 AM

please check The Very Complexxon of the global energy fundamentals deceitfully sustained by Dick Cheney and Lee Raymond:

http://complexxon.org

Posted by: Stephan Tychon | July 11, 2008 6:36 AM

What's amazing is the lack of regular (daily or weekly) attention to where Dick Cheney is and what he is really doing. It's as if he doesn't exist despite his
extraordinary power and influence.

If you search the news, you mostly get analysis and commentary on his past activities and on low-profile appearances - not hard facts on current activity. Most hits are dated. What is his actual daily agenda? How is he currently exerting behind-the-scenes power?

How and why Cheney's activity is kept out of the public spotlight is itself worthy of investigative analysis. Is he really doing nothing - no longer exerting influence? I don't think so.

Posted by: Carl H | July 20, 2008 10:29 AM

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