EPA silences dissenting report on global warming

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Winningreen Issue Alert       A063009

EPA silences dissenting report on global warming

By Gretchen Randall

  June 30, 2009

Issue:  A conservative think tank, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), has obtained four Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) emails indicating that a study disagreeing with the Obama administration’s decision to label carbon dioxide as a pollutant was stifled.  The authors were told not to publish the report or “have any communication with anyone outside” the EPA’s National Center for Environmental Economics (NCEE) about the endangerment decision.  Because this study so radically opposed the administration’s decision to name CO2 a pollutant in order to control energy usage, Al McGartland, Director of the NCEE at EPA, wrote the authors in an email:

    “There should be no meetings, emails, written statements, phone calls etc. [about endangerment.]”

    “The time for such discussion of fundamental issues has passed.  The administrator and administration     has decided to move forward on endangerment and your comments do not help the legal or policy case     for this decision.” 
    “ I can only see one impact of your comments given where we are in this process, and that would be a     very negative impact on our office.”
    “I don’t want you to spend any additional EPA time on climate change.  No papers, no research, etc.”

The report. which has been circulating on the internet, indicates why EPA wanted it buried.  The authors, Dr. Alan Carlin, PhD. and Dr. John Davidson, Ph.D, state in their report that the EPA “paid too little attention to the science of global warming.”  Instead, the EPA accepted findings from other groups such as the U.N’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) without a “critical examination of their conclusions and documentation.”  Thus the EPA’s conclusion that CO2 was harmful was based on old science which is no longer accurate.

Specifically, the study by Carlin and Davidson noted:

1. “ Global temperatures have declined extending the current downtrend to 11 years.  At the same time atmospheric CO2 levels have continued to increase and CO2 emissions have accelerated.”

2. “The consensus on past, present and future atlantic hurricane behavior has changed.. . Now the consensus is much more neutral, arguing that future Atlantic tropical cyclones will be little different than those of the past.”

3. “The idea that warming temperatures will cause Greenland to rapidly shed its ice has been greatly diminished by new results indicating little evidence for the operation of such processes.”

4.  “A new 2009 study suggests that the IPCC used faulty solar data in dismissing the direct effect of solar variability on global temperatures.  Their research suggests that solar variability could account  for up to 68% of the increase in the earth’s global temperatures.”

Background and links: The authors warned that EPA should not make a hasty decision in calling CO2 an endangerment to health saying, “Given the downward trend in temperatures since 1998 (which some think will continue until at least 2030) there is no particular reason to rush into decisions based on a scientific hypothesis that does not appear to explain most of the available data.”

To access the study by Drs. Carlin and Davidson:  DOC062509-004.pdf (3434 KB)

To read the EPA emails, click here: Endangerment_Comments_6-23-09.pdf (241 KB)

Contact: Gretchen Randall
Winningreen LLC
Chicago, IL 60613
Phone: 773-857-5086
e-mail: grandall@winningreen.com