Misguided Global Warming Plan Released

Misguided Global Warming Plan Released

Bush Administration’s Concessions to Alarmism Overshadow Funding for Research
February 13, 2002

Washington, D.C., February 14, 2002 — The Competitive Enterprise Institute expressed concern today over key elements of President Bush’s strategy for confronting global climate change announced today.  “While the President’s commitment to sound science is a welcome change from the Clinton-Gore Administration, the substance of the proposal is a misguided concession to environmental alarmism,” said Myron Ebell, CEI’s director of global warming and international environmental policy.  <?xml:namespace prefix = o />

The introduction of limits on carbon dioxide emissions, even in the technically “voluntary” form envisioned by the Administration, starts the nation down a dark path.  While the effect on carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere will be miniscule and undetectable, the White House will create the framework for energy rationing, which will lead to greater pressure to expand the program and make its emissions goals mandatory. There is clearly no scientific imperative for limiting carbon dioxide levels at this time. Even a small concession to those who favor energy suppression will make pursuing the right policies in the future more difficult.

While the carbon dioxide limits are a change from the Administration’s decision last year not to regulate emissions, the proposal for greater research into climate and energy technology demonstrates the President’s continued skepticism about the causes and consequences of climate change.  “The Administration’s scientific initiatives to study possible impacts of climate change show the greatest promise and least negative economic impact,” said Ebell.  “The scientific case for global warming alarmism has always been weak and is growing weaker.  Further research will likely show that cutting carbon dioxide is a colossal waste.”