To be clear, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the government's premier disease monitoring agency.
Its director, Dr. Julie Gerberding, testified before a Senate hearing yesterday on the impact of climate change on health.
What she'd planned on saying was this:
" ... scientific evidence supports the view that the earth's climate is changing" and that many groups are 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."
But after she submitted her draft for White House review, the paragraph was axed. In all, six pages of details about specific disease and other health problems that might flourish if the Earth warms, were never delivered at the hearing, documents obtained by The Associated Press show.
The White House on Wednesday denied that it had "watered down" her congressional testimony.
For more, check out this AP story by H. Josef Hebert.
-- Jaime Holguin