Joint Letter To President Bush On The EPA's Climate Action Report

Joint Letter To President Bush On The EPA's Climate Action Report

June 07, 2002

Dear President Bush,

 

We write to share our concerns with Climate Action Report 2002, which your administration recently transmitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and released to the public by posting on the EPA web site.  As opponents of the Kyoto Protocol and similar domestic proposals to ration energy, we welcome your remarks of June 4 that you had “read the report put out by the bureaucracy” and that you still opposed the Kyoto global warming treaty.  We recognize that your principled opposition to Kyoto has come at considerable political cost, and we admire your resolution in the face of continuing environmental alarmism.

 

Climate Action Report 2002 is largely a compilation and summary of junk science produced by the Clinton-Gore Administration in order to support their Kyoto agenda.  In particular, crucial parts of the report rely on the discredited National Assessment on the impacts of climate change, which your administration stated on September 6, 2001 was “not policy positions or official statements of the U. S. government,” as part of a settlement of a lawsuit brought by three members of Congress and several of the organizations signing this letter.  In addition, the report clearly does not comply with the requirements of the Data Quality Act.

 

In our view, Climate Action Report 2002 undermines your position on the Kyoto Protocol and damages efforts in the Congress to advance your energy policies and to oppose environmental policies that would implement Kyoto-style controls on energy use.  We do not believe that these negative effects will go away merely by ignoring the report.

 

We therefore urge you to withdraw Climate Action Report 2002 immediately and to direct that it be re-written on the basis of sound science and without relying on discredited products of the previous administration.  As production and release of this report demonstrates, pursuing your global warming and energy policies effectively will not be possible as long as key members of your administration do not fully support your policies.  We therefore also urge you to dismiss or re-assign all administration employees who are not pursuing your agenda, just as you have done in several similar instances.

 

Thank you for your attention to our concerns.  We stand ready to work with you and your administration on pro-consumer, pro-taxpayer policies.

 

Yours sincerely,

Fred Smith and Myron EbellCompetitive Enterprise Institute

 

Paul Beckner

Citizens for a Sound Economy

 

Frances B. Smith

Consumer Alert

 

Kenneth Green

Reason Foundation

 

David Rothbard

Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow

 

Karen Kerrigan

Small Business Survival Committee

 

Thomas A. Schatz

Citizens Against Government Waste

 

Grover Norquist

Americans for Tax Reform

 

Tom DeWeese

American Policy Center

 

Steve Hayward

Pacific Research Institute

 

George C. Landrith

Frontiers of Freedom

 

Patrick Michaels

Cato Institute

 

S. Fred Singer

Science & Environmental Policy Project

 

Lori Waters

Eagle Forum

 

Morton C. Blackwell

Conservative Leadership PAC

 

Paul Driessen

Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise

 

 

Paul M. Weyrich

Free Congress Foundation

 

John Berthoud

National Taxpayers Union

 

David A. Keene

American Conservative Union

 

Eric Licht

Coalitions for America

 

Lewis K. Uhler

National Tax Limitation Committee

 

C. Preston Noell, III

Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.

 

Ron Pearson

Council for America

 

Gary L. Bauer

American Values

 

Robert A. Schadler

Center for First Principles

 

Jefferey S. Taylor

Free Republic Network

 

Richard LessnerAmerican Renewal

 

Michael Hardiman

American Land Rights Association

 

Kevin L. Kearns

U. S. Business and Industry Council

 

William J. Murray

Government Is Not God

 

Benjamin C. Works

Sirius

 

F. Patricia Callahan

American Association of Small Property Owners