Extending or Stalling?
If you actually expected the Bush administration to come out and say whether greenhouse gas emissions endanger health and the environment, you probably aren’t picking up on the pattern here. Remember what’s happened so far: the administration has refused to open emails, manipulated congressional testimony and deleted portions of scientific documents. And now, thanks to the White House, the EPA is extending the public comment period on this decision. If by "extending" it means stalling until the end of Bush’s term. As Grist astutely points out today, the administration is simply waiting till the clock runs out. The whole process seems utterly absurd given the uncontroversial subject matter. Yes, we all know that there’s a general scientific consensus about global warming being a threat to the environment and public health. Of course, if the administration admits that it knows this, it may have to actually — God forbid — do something about it.