Issa: White House fibbed on Gulf cleanup progress 

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., says the White House released an unjustifiably rosy report on the progress of the Gulf cleanup, and falsely claimed that it had already been peer-reviewed.

From his office:

A NOAA scientist, Dr. Bill Lehr, yesterday told a group of Congressional staff investigators on a conference call that a controversial National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) report claiming that nearly three-quarters of the oil from the Gulf oil spill has already been addressed was released by White House officials and not scientists at NOAA.

The NOAA scientist told congressional investigators that the data backing up the assertions made in the report is still unavailable and that peer review of the report is still not complete.  Officials at an August 4 White House press briefing had said that the report had been thoroughly peer reviewed.

Good thing we finally have an administration that puts science in its rightful place. Issa’s comment:

“This is yet another in a long line of examples where the White House’s pre-occupation with the public relations of the oil spill has superseded the realities on the ground.

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