The House Committee on Oversight and Government reform is looking into allegations the White House tried to suppress information on global warming and climate change. This comes as President Bush just signed a directive that gives the White House much greater control over the rules and policy statements--that the government develops to protect public health, safety, the environment, civil rights and privacy. CNBC's Pearson Hampton had the details on "Morning Call."
First-- a little more on the new executive order. As the New York Times reports--the order says that each agency must have a regulatory policy office run by a political appointee--to supervise the development of rules and documents providing guidance to regulated industries. The White House will have a gatekeeper in each agency to analyze the costs and the benefits of new rules and to make sure the agencies carry out the president’s priorities.