The Competitive Enterprise
Institute (CEI), a non-profit, free-market public policy organization, hereby
submits these comments on EPA’s Proposed Endangerment and Cause or Contribute
Findings for Greenhouse Gases under Section 202(a) of the Clean Air Act.
CEI is submitting a set of four EPA
emails, dated March 12-17, 2009, which indicate that a significant internal
critique of EPA’s position on Endangerment was essentially put under wraps and
concealed. The study was barred from being circulated within EPA, it was never
disclosed to the public, and it was not placed in the docket of this
proceeding. The emails further show that the study was treated in this manner
not because of any problem with its quality, but for political reasons.
CEI hereby requests that EPA make
this study public, place it into the docket, and either extend or reopen the
comment period to allow public response to this new study. We also request that
EPA publicly declare that it will engage in no reprisals against the author of
the study, who has worked at EPA for over 35 years.