Thursday, October 25, 2007

Documents reveal what the White House deleted in the CDC Director's Senate testimony - The Republican War on Science continues

Julie Gerberding, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was asked to talk about the health effects of climate change before the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works, and did so on Tuesday. But the Bush Administration removed discussion in her testimony about the health effects of climate change.

Here is a brief introduction and outline of some of what the Bush Administration didn't want the Senate to hear:

Scientific evidence supports the view that the earth’s climate is changing. A broad array of organizations (federal, state, local, multilateral, faith-based, private and nongovernmental) is working to address climate change. Despite this extensive activity, the public health effects of climate change remain largely unaddressed. CDC considers climate change a serious public health concern.
Climate Change is a Public Health Concern 1
In the United States, climate change is likely to have a significant impact on health, through links with the following outcomes:
Direct effects of heat,

Health effects related to extreme weather events,

Air pollution-related health effects,

Allergic diseases,

Water- and food-borne infectious diseases,

Vector-borne and zoonotic diseases,

Food and water scarcity, at least for some populations,

Mental health problems, and

Long-term impacts of chronic diseases and other health effects

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