June 26, 2009
!! EPA Scandal - RELEVANT FOR CLIMATE BILL VOTE !!
CEI Releases Global Warming Study Censored by EPA
Public Shouldn’t Be Kept in the Dark by an Agency Supposedly Committed to Transparency
Washington, D.C., June 26, 2009
The Competitive Enterprise Institute is today making public an internal study on climate science which was suppressed by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Internal EPA email messages, released by CEI earlier in the week, indicate that the report was kept under wraps and its author silenced because of pressure to support the Administration’s agenda of regulating carbon dioxide.
The report finds that EPA, by adopting the United Nations’ 2007 “Fourth Assessment” report, is relying on outdated research and is ignoring major new developments. Those developments include a continued decline in global temperatures, a new consensus that future hurricanes will not be more frequent or intense, and new findings that water vapor will moderate, rather than exacerbate, temperature.
New data also indicate that ocean cycles are probably the most important single factor in explaining temperature fluctuations, though solar cycles may play a role as well, and that reliable satellite data undercut the likelihood of endangerment from greenhouse gases. All of this demonstrates EPA should independently analyze the science, rather than just adopt the conclusions of outside organizations.
The released report is a draft version, prepared under EPA’s unusually short internal review schedule, and thus may contain inaccuracies which were corrected in the final report.
“While we hoped that EPA would release the final report, we’re tired of waiting for this agency to become transparent, even though its Administrator has been talking transparency since she took office. So we are releasing a draft version of the report ourselves, today,” said CEI General Counsel Sam Kazman.
Wild Thing's comment........
Mark, mentioned this in one of his comments how they had been silenced. Rush Limbaugh also mentioned it. This is HUGE. I mean today they are coming out with this even though they have been threatened and silenced!!!!!
OK here is the skinny on this:
The EPA tried to bury a report that shows the studies the EPA is relying on for global warming are BS.
The emails basically say “Its too late and this info will only hurt our agenda. Don’t publicize this report!”
The free market-based Competitive Enterprise Institute in Washington has obtained a set of internal e-mails exposing Team Obama's willful and reckless disregard for data that undermine the illusion of "consensus."
This is dynamite. A full draft copy of Dr. Carlin's paper, which was suppressed by the EPA, is linked in the story and it is truly devastating, both in terms of content and as proof of the appalling dodging and weaving which has been going on to support this travesty.
This should be sent to EVERY member of congress immediately because then they will have no excuse but to at least postpone any decision on the bill for further consideration.
This is also a gigantic can of worms and scandal at the EPA which, inevitably, would also drag in the IPCC. In other words, it needs to be spread far and wide.
( CEI is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy group dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government. )
If there is any time left, we need to email this to our Congressmen and then again to the Senators when it comes time for them to vote if it goes that far.
This is another article about this..........
Update: Because I was on deadline (no excuse) I didn't credit Anthony Watts and his weblog Watts Up With That for a) alerting me to this issue in the first place, b) providing adequate background to help my understanding enough of the issue to proceed and c) facilitating contact with the source interviewed below. I have mentioned Mr. Watts and his weblog on numerous occasions (I'm not affiliated with them, by the way), but certainly not enough on this occasion. Watts Up With That, winner of the Science Blog of the Year, has once again provided an invaluable service to those interested in issues surrounding global warming.
A source inside the Environmental Protection Agency confirmed many of the claims made by analyst Alan Carlin, the economist/physicist who yesterday went public with accusations that science was being ignored in evaluating the danger of CO2.
The source, who chooses not to be identified for fear of retaliation, said that Carlin was rebuffed in his attempt to introduce scientific evidence that does not accord with the EPA's view of global warming, which largely relies on IPCC reports. The source also saw Carlin's report and said that it was 'based on 8 points of peer-reviewed, recent and relevant scientific publications' that cast doubt on the wisdom of regulating CO2 as a pollutant.
The EPA's draft Endangerment Finding was initially written over a year ago during the Bush administration, and Lisa Jackson (the new head of the EPA) and her team wanted to get the Finding out on or near Earth Day, according to a schedule that was made public about a week before formal publication of the proposal. The draft was submitted to agency workgroups with only one week for review and comment, which is unprecedented, and received only light comments--except for Carlin's.
Alan Carlin, who had hosted a series of seminars featuring peer-reviewed scientists who disagree with the IPCC reports (but were unattended by members of the workgroup developing the Endangerment Finding) went public (UPDATE: Mr. Carlin, who I interviewed this evening, says that he did not approach the Competitive Enterprise Institute and did not know they were involved until a reporter contacted him on Tuesday). via the Competitive Enterprise Institute after realising that there would be no debate about the science. The lectures by the scientists are available on the EPA website, but were not even mentioned in the Finding. Carlin was advised to get an attorney--and has since been reassigned to mundane work, some of which is normally performed by outside contractors.
All this comes despite the peculiar bind the EPA finds itself in. Regulating CO2 as a pollutant under the Clean Air Act is not something they really want to do--unless new legislation makes it possible for them to ignore smaller emitters. As it stands, the EPA would find it necessary to regulate entities as small as churches and schools, if they have buses that emit more than 250 tons of CO2 per year. But there is no certainty that new legislation will arrive at all, much less contain the restrictions the EPA needs.
Meanwhile, the many comments received by the EPA will now be evaluated. Our source indicates that it is most likely that the initial compilation and review will be conducted by outside contractors, who may also provide draft responses, which is really supposed to be done only by EPA staff. Our source notes that the EPA may not have the expertise to evaluate many of the comments, as they are more charged with dealing with the effects of global warming through regulation rather than determining the true nature of the cause. Our source says members of the workgroup complained to other EPA staff that they don't understand these issues, much less how to relate the scientific studies identified in Carlin's report to the IPCC report.
....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.
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Posted by Wild Thing at June 26, 2009 06:55 AM
"Tranparency" ummm you know , the kind you CAN'T see through.....LOL/CryingOnLine...... "THE AGENDA must be followed" is the ZombieLeftMantra with little/NO regard for facts, public opinion, dissent or history. and we all know what happens when we 'FAIL to learn from history'.....we are doomed to repeat it. Ummm,to: The ONE. You ARE transparent as hell. We SEE what you are trying to do, and we are calling BULLSHIT!
Posted by: pontiff alex at June 26, 2009 12:40 PM
In politics the agenda must be followed, even if it is wrong, costly and/or dangerous.
obama has to have his cap and trade. It has little to do with environment or climate. It has to do with government control of every aspect of American business, industry and private life. Lying to get what he wants is nothing new to obama.
Posted by: TomR at June 26, 2009 12:54 PM
pontiff alex? Are you moon lighting on poor Ala at blondsagacity by commenting on another blog?!? You conservatives all get your ideas from the same places, no wonder you all sound the same ;) pbo sounds just like clinton, who claimed to be starting up the most ethical administration in history but it was false postering. Now we have a transparent administration, with the lights out so every thing looks 'black'. But hey, dark is transparent. They want a huge burarchacy to provide jobs for those who want to feel superior to others by overseeing their actions. They blasted Bush for 'ignorning' science. When it comes to liberals, if they accuse us of any thing, I quick look to see what they are doing, because I bet 10 to 1 they are the ones doing it but trying to distract attention by false acsuation.
Posted by: Odin at June 26, 2009 04:33 PM
I agree Tom R. He is the greatest danger to our Republic. This is sickening.
Posted by: Bob A at June 26, 2009 11:04 PM
I can't afford my bills now. I don't want any help from the government, only to be able to afford to live like a couple of years ago. Hey pontiff alex, tom r and Odin, for a good response.
Posted by: Bob A at June 26, 2009 11:24 PM