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2007 “Fourth Assessment” report, is relying on outdated research and is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.
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