Earlier this week, it was revealed that the Bush folks made some serious changes to the testimony CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding was going to give before the Senate.

?It was eviscerated,? said a CDC official, familiar with both versions, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the review process.

The official said that while it is customary for testimony to be changed in a White House review, these changes were particularly ?heavy-handed,? with the document cut from its original 14 pages to four. It was six pages as presented to the Senate committee.

Yesterday, White House Press Secretary Dana Perino defended the decision to “eviscerate” the good doctor’s report, touting the “Public Health Benefits” of climate change:

it is true that many people die from cold-related deaths every winter. And there are studies that say that climate change in certain areas of the world would help those individuals.

[ Video of Perino’s Comments ]