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EPA Suppressed Global Warming Report

Somehow we almost missed this bit of news, which was discreetly hidden away in an 11 pm Friday evening entry on a CBS News blog before a summer weekend:

In this Feb. 26, 2009, First lady Michelle Obama waves to Environmental Protection Agency employees while visiting EPA headquarters in Washington.

EPA May Have Suppressed Report Skeptical Of Global Warming

The Environmental Protection Agency may have suppressed an internal report that was skeptical of claims about global warming, including whether carbon dioxide must be strictly regulated by the federal government, according to a series of newly disclosed e-mail messages.

Less than two weeks before the agency formally submitted its pro-regulation recommendation to the White House, an EPA center director quashed a 98-page report that warned against making hasty "decisions based on a scientific hypothesis that does not appear to explain most of the available data."

The EPA official, Al McGartland, said in an e-mail message to a staff researcher on March 17: "The administrator and the administration has decided to move forward… and your comments do not help the legal or policy case for this decision."

The e-mail correspondence raises questions about political interference in what was supposed to be a independent review process inside a federal agency — and echoes criticisms of the EPA under the Bush administration, which was accused of suppressing a pro-climate change document.

Alan Carlin, the primary author of the 98-page EPA report, told CBSNews.com in a telephone interview on Friday that his boss, McGartland, was being pressured himself. "It was his view that he either lost his job or he got me working on something else," Carlin said. "That was obviously coming from higher levels."

E-mail messages released this week show that Carlin was ordered not to "have any direct communication" with anyone outside his small group at EPA on the topic of climate change, and was informed that his report would not be shared with the agency group working on the topic.

"I was told for probably the first time in I don’t know how many years exactly what I was to work on," said Carlin, a 38-year veteran of the EPA. "And it was not to work on climate change." One e-mail orders him to update a grants database instead.

For its part, the EPA sent CBSNews.com an e-mailed statement saying: "Claims that this individual’s opinions were not considered or studied are entirely false. This Administration and this EPA Administrator are fully committed to openness, transparency and science-based decision making. These principles were reflected throughout the development of the proposed endangerment finding, a process in which a broad array of voices were heard and an inter-agency review was conducted."

Carlin has an undergraduate degree in physics from CalTech and a PhD in economics from MIT. His Web site lists papers about the environment and public policy dating back to 1964, spanning topics from pollution control to environmentally-responsible energy pricing.

After reviewing the scientific literature that the EPA is relying on, Carlin said, he concluded that it was at least three years out of date and did not reflect the latest research. "My personal view is that there is not currently any reason to regulate (carbon dioxide)," he said. "There may be in the future. But global temperatures are roughly where they were in the mid-20th century. They’re not going up, and if anything they’re going down."

Carlin’s report listed a number of recent developments he said the EPA did not consider, including that global temperatures have declined for 11 years; that new research predicts Atlantic hurricanes will be unaffected; that there’s "little evidence" that Greenland is shedding ice at expected levels; and that solar radiation has the largest single effect on the earth’s temperature…

One reason why the process might have been highly charged politically is the unusual speed of the regulatory process. Lisa Jackson, the new EPA administrator, had said that she wanted her agency to reach a decision about regulating carbon dioxide under the Clean Air Act by April 2 — the second anniversary of a related U.S. Supreme Court decision.

"All this goes back to a decision at a higher level that this was very urgent to get out, if possible yesterday," Carlin said. "In the case of an ordinary regulation, these things normally take a year or two. In this case, it was a few weeks to get it out for public comment." (Carlin said that he and other EPA staff members asked to respond to a draft only had four and a half days to do so.)

The revelations could prove embarrassing to Jackson, the EPA administrator, who said in January: "I will ensure EPA’s efforts to address the environmental crises of today are rooted in three fundamental values: science-based policies and programs, adherence to the rule of law, and overwhelming transparency." Similarly, Mr. Obama claimed that "the days of science taking a back seat to ideology are over… To undermine scientific integrity is to undermine our democracy. It is contrary to our way of life." …

And this is the case of just one person stepping forward. Where there is one there is probably a dozen.

However, they probably want to keep their jobs and pensions.

For the record, here is the suppressed 98 page report – a pdf file.

(Thanks to Bronzeprofessor for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Sunday, June 28th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

11 Responses to “EPA Suppressed Global Warming Report”

  1. bronzeprofessor

    Viacom-owned CBS actually reveals the EPA’s shenanigans:

    EPA May Have Suppressed Report Skeptical Of Global Warming

    Less than two weeks before the agency formally submitted its pro-regulation recommendation to the White House, an EPA center director quashed a 98-page report that warned against making hasty “decisions based on a scientific hypothesis that does not appear to explain most of the available data.” …

    http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2.....7890.shtml

    Let’s hope this has legs.

  2. Steve

    Here is the original article, which blew the whistle on this travesty.

    From the Competitive Enterprise Institute:

    CEI Releases Global Warming Study Censored by EPA

    The Public Shouldn’t Be Kept in the Dark by an Agency Supposedly Committed to Transparency

    by Richard Morrisontwitter
    June 25, 2009

    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.

    http://cei.org/news-release/20.....nsored-epa

  3. Theres a little more on that story here. Including in the comments section a posting by an EPA employee.

  4. MinnesotaRush

    Naw! You’re kidding!

    Now why, oh why, would they block a global warming report??????

    Never mind!

  5. Rusty Shackleford

    Algore and his decepticons. It’s about funding, really. The two walk hand-in-hand and as long as “scientists” forward the party message, they get their funding, which, coincidentally, part of which is their salaries….along with money to the institution of their employment.

    Corruption of the oldest kind.

  6. canary

    Steve, However, they probably want to keep their jobs and pensions.

    Exactly, the EPA just wants to exist. It is a worthless agency. They just give lip service in order to exist in name only.

  7. Enthalpy

    This is a travesty as you said, but what recourse do we have? Those responsible should lose their jobs and pensions because this goes beyond simply breaking the law. They are providing fraudulent data to support the undermining of our capitalist system and taxing us all to death. Prison is too good for them.

    What really bothers me about this is the issue of truth. How do we deal with people who see nothing wrong with their own truth and feel no obligation to be truthful with us. It seems to me that we can’t live with these people.If there are no consequences for their lies, what’s the point?

  8. Steve

    Mr. Limbaugh is currently reading this article.

  9. wardmama4

    But it gets even better – if you want to see this in full glory go over to Michelle Malkin’s site:

    HR2454, American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, in the 300 page Amendment, Section B, Part H, Section 788 –

    [SECTION RESERVED]

    I.E. LEFT BLANK TO FILL IN LATER.

    Yepper that is what 219 of our vaulted ‘representatives’ (hereafter called Klownposse in DC) in the House of Representatives voted for.

    Come on people – We The People need to rise up and Stop The Insanity NOW. (July 4th is this weekend – good a time as any)

    When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty. Thomas Jefferson




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