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OK, now we’ve seen everything. Philip A. Cooney, the White House staffer who last week got busted for “revising” government scientific reports to minimize the link between human activity and global warming, is going to work for … ExxonMobil!

Just posted at the New York Times:

An Exxon spokesman, Tom Cirigliano, declined to describe Mr. Cooney’s new job. Associates of Mr. Cooney said he planned to move to Dallas. Mr. Cooney did not return e-mail or phone messages.ExxonMobil has long financed advertising and lobbying efforts that question whether human-caused warming poses sufficiently serious risks to justify curbing carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas emitted by smokestacks and tailpipes.

Today, Mr. Cirigliano said the oil company was committed to acting responsibly on the issue. …

Some climate scientists and environmental campaigners said Mr. Cooney’s quick shift from the White House to Exxon was evidence of a near-seamless relationship between the Bush administration and the oil industry.

“Perhaps he won’t even notice he has changed jobs,” said David G. Hawkins, who directs the climate center at the Natural Resources Defense Council, a private environmental group.

No matter how cynical you get, you just can’t keep up with these guys.

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