OK, they didn't exactly admit they are douche bags. But they did change their story on editing the CDC testimony on global warming. First, they said they didn't do it. Now, they're saying they did do it, but only because they felt the testimony didn't align with the conclusions of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Well, of course! It makes so much sense! The Bush administration loves science. In fact, they want to have like 10 million of its babies they love it so much. So they were just trying to get the science right! Thus, in other words, the White House admits they're just a bunch of douche bags. Because we all know that isn't why they edited the testimony. But they think we're stupid enough to believe it.
From a Washington Post article on the subject:
White House officials eliminated several successive pages of [CDC director] Gerberding's testimony, beginning with a section in which she planned to say that many organizations are working to address climate change but that, "despite this extensive activity, the public health effects of climate change remain largely unaddressed," and that the "CDC considers climate change a serious public concern."
In another deleted part of her original testimony, the CDC director predicted that areas in the northern United States "will likely bear the brunt of increases in ground-level ozone and associated airborne pollutants. Populations in mid-western and northeastern cities are expected to experience more heat-related illnesses as heat waves increase in frequency, severity and duration."
Addressing the White House contention that the edits were intended to get in line with IPCC research:
"That's nonsense," said University of Wisconsin at Madison public health professor Jonathan Patz, who served as an IPCC lead author for its 2007, 2001 and 1995 reports. "Dr. Gerberding's testimony was scientifically accurate and absolutely in line with the findings of the IPCC."
Douche bag alert! Douche bag alert! These guys are the most practiced and effective liars in the history of American politics. The good news? They'll all end up working at lobbying firms making big bucks after the administration is pushed out of office, using their well polished skills to further deceive the American public in the interest of their corporate masters. Wait a minute... that's not good news... in fact, it kind of sucks.