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Sunday, June 19, 2005

Hey, ExxonMobil--Need an Ethics Lesson?

Weekly Spin reports that ExxonMobil has hired Philip A. Cooney, who resigned as White House Council on Environmental Quality chief of staff after we found he was editing government scientists' reports to deflate warnings about global warming. Meanwhile, White House spokesperson Dana Perino told the New York Times "Phil Cooney did a great job and we appreciate his public service and the work that he did, and we wish him well in the private sector."

This was widely reported; CNN's version is at

Earth to ExxonMobil: this is not the way to get good PR. Coverup is not fixing the problem--as you might remember form Exxon Valdez. I predict this appointment will come back to bite you. IF anyone's paying attention out there, anyhow.


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