Intelligence aide, blocked from submitting written testimony on climate change, resigns from State Dept.

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From The Washington Post Via MSN News

Juliet Eilperin

A State Department intelligence official who was blocked by the White House from submitting written congressional testimony on climate change last month is resigning from his post.

Rod Schoonover ? who worked in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research?s Office of the Geographer and Global Issues ? spoke before the House Intelligence Committee on June 5 about the security risks the United States faces because of climate change. But White House officials would not let him submit the bureau?s written statement that climate impacts could be ?possibly catastrophic,? after the State Department refused to cut references to federal scientific findings on climate change.

Individuals familiar with the matter, who asked for anonymity to speak frankly, said Schoonover is leaving voluntarily. But the incident that led to his departure underscores the extent to which climate science has become contested terrain under the…

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