Why the Dinosaurs Became Extinct

 UPDATED 10/26

Probably because the tyrannosaurs didn’t want the triceratops’ little heads worried over folderol about comets and such. So don’t you worry yourselves about global warming, citizens. Go shopping. OK?

From the Washington Post:

Testimony that the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention planned to give yesterday to a Senate committee about the impact of climate change on health was significantly edited by the White House, according to two sources familiar with the documents.

Specific scientific references to potential health risks were removed after Julie L. Gerberding submitted a draft of her prepared remarks to the White House Office of Management and Budget for review.

Instead, Gerberding’s prepared testimony before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee included few details on what effects climate change could have on the spread of disease. Only during questioning did the director of the government’s premier disease-monitoring agency describe any specific diseases likely to be affected, again without elaboration.

A CDC official familiar with both versions said Gerberding’s draft “was eviscerated,” cut from 14 pages to four. The version presented to the Senate committee consisted of six pages.

And what’s on those missing pages? Oh, you know, boring technical stuff. And anyway,

CDC spokesman Tom Skinner sought to play down the White House changes. He called Gerberding’s appearance before the Senate panel “very productive” and said she addressed the issues she wanted to during her remarks and when questioned by the senators.

“What needed to be said, as far we’re concerned, was said,” Skinner said from Atlanta, where the CDC is based. “She certainly communicated with the committee everything she felt was critical to help them appreciate and understand all the issues surrounding climate change and its potential impact on public health.”

So there. ‘Nuff said ‘n’ mission accomplished.

UPDATE: Daily Kos has the full text here. Outrageous!

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