EPA May Axe 'Key' Internal Review Office After Global Warming Whistleblower Incident

EPA May Axe 'Key' Internal Review Office After Global Warming Whistleblower Incident

August 24, 2009

Washington, D.C., August 24, 2009—.Following a whistleblower report that criticized a global warming rule, the Environmental Protection Agency is reportedly considering shutting down the agency office in which the critical report originated.

Dr. Alan Carlin, the senior analyst whose report EPA unsuccessfully tried to bury, worked in EPA’s National Center for Environmental Economics (NCEE).  According to a story in last Friday’s Inside EPA, the agency is now considering shutting that office down.

CEI General Counsel Sam Kazman was sharply critical of the proposed EPA move.

“Economists are the most likely professionals within EPA to examine the real-world effects of its policies,” said Kazman.  “For this reason, the NCEE is a restraining force on the agency’s out-of-this-world regulatory ambitions.  EPA would love to get that office out of the way, especially since it has within it civil servants like Dr. Carlin, who are willing to expose the truth about EPA’s plan to restrict energy use in the name of global warming.”

Carlin’s study found that EPA failed to consider recent science data showing that global warming is not the problem the Administration claims.  For example, the study found that ocean cycles, rather than anthropogenic carbon dioxide, appear to be the single best explanation of global temperature variations.