This week on NOW:
Is the Bush administration suppressing hard science on the environment
to further its political agenda in policy areas like global warming?
NOW's Michele Mitchell investigates allegations that a former energy
industry lobbyist was rewriting scientific findings to support the
political priorities of the White House. In the report, government
insider Rick Piltz says that Philip Cooney, a lawyer and former energy
industry lobbyist, was making changes to reports on behalf of the White
House and that it was part of a pattern to downplay the effects of
global warming. "The 'fox guarding the henhouse' aspect of it was so
blatant," says Piltz. "You had somebody who was essentially an oil
industry lobbyist, who now is the White House environment policy maven."
The White House announced Cooney's resignation as chief staff of the
White House Council on Environmental Quality in June.
In the aftermath of the recent wave bombings in London, police have
reported a number of crimes that they consider to be "faith-related."
What are the challenges facing moderate Muslims in the wake of these
attacks? David Brancaccio interviews activist and filmmaker Naeem
Mohaiemen about how progressive Muslims should respond to radical
Islamists. "For Western Muslims, our number one priority is to root out
terrorism, and to speak out against terrorism, and to...take action
against terrorism," he says.