Disgraced White House Official Lands Job at Exxon

A fdisgraced ormer official at the White House Council on Environmental Quality who resigned days after the New York Times reported he had changed some government reports on global warming is joining oil giant ExxonMobil .

Philip Cooney, the former chief of staff of the council and a former energy industry lobbyist, will be working for Exxon beginning in the fall, company spokesman Russ Roberts said on Tuesday.

The New York Times first reported Cooney’s job with Exxon on its Web site. The newspaper said another Exxon spokesman declined to describe the former White House official’s new job.

Cooney resigned from his White House post on Friday, two days after the newspaper reported he edited some descriptions of climate research in a way that cast doubt on links between greenhouse gas emissions and rising temperatures.

The New York Times said it had obtained environmental documents showing the revisions from the Government Accountability Project, a nonprofit group that provides legal assistance to government whistle-blowers.

The newspaper noted that before joining the White House, Cooney worked at the American Petroleum Institute, a lobby group for the oil industry.

The White House said last week that Cooney’s departure was not related to the Times article. It also denied that Cooney had watered down the impact of global warning.

“We appreciate his public service and wish him well in the private sector,” White House spokesman Trent Duffy said on Tuesday.

ExxonMobil is the world’s largest oil company and the largest producer of fuel in the United States.