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CREW Report Reveals Role Bush Officials Continue to Play in Shaping the Debate About Climate Change


As world leaders gather in Copenhagen to discuss the challenges
posed by climate change, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in
Washington (CREW) today released a report revealing how the debate in
Congress over climate change initiatives is being influenced by the
people who made up President George W. Bush's climate team.

CREW's report, Smoke Screen: How Bush Insiders Distorted - And Still Influence - America's Debate Over Climate Change,
profiles many of these former Bush officials and the roles they are now
playing on behalf of oil, gas, mining and other powerful energy

CREW's Smoke Screen
report examines the critical positions several of these former Bush
officials held on key bodies such as the White House's Council on
Environmental Quality (CEQ). The report also reviews how they
deliberately distorted critical scientific reporting on global warming.

According to CREW's report, at least 22 former Bush-era climate
officials have moved into lobbying or government relations. Fourteen of
them are registered lobbyists.

"These alumni of the Bush climate team continue to shape and confuse
the debate over global warming," said Melanie Sloan, CREW's executive
director. "They may have changed their uniforms, but they're still
playing for the same team."

Click here to read CREW's report.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting ethics and accountability in government and public life by targeting government officials -- regardless of party affiliation -- who sacrifice the common good to special interests. CREW advances its mission using a combination of research, litigation and media outreach.