Today [Oct. 15, 2009], Rep. Darrell Isa (R-CA), ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and Rep. James Sensenbrenner, ranking member of the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, released a joint minority staff report titled, The Politics of EPA's Endangerment Finding
I'll say more about the report after reading the 146-page document. Key findings include:
- EPA prejudged the outcome of its endangerment finding to advance the Obama administration's policy agenda.
- EPA's effort to control greenhouse gas emissions will give the Agency authority over the entire U.S. economy.
- EPA did not conduct its own analysis. Instead, the Agency deferred to the judgment of two external literature surveys -- the IPCC reports and the U.S. National Assessment of Climate Change.
In today's New York Times
, John Broder strains to belittle Alan Carlin, the "whistle blower" whose skeptical comments
on EPA's proposed endangerment finding the Agency tried to suppress
. Most of the piece is larded with innuendo and spin.
Below is the text of Broder's article and my running commentary in bold italics.
Behind the Furor Over a Climate Change Skeptic
By JOHN M. BRODER
WASHINGTON — Alan Carlin, a 72-year-old analyst and economist, had labored in obscurity in a little-known office at the Environmental Protection Agency since the Nixon administration.
Following a whistleblower report
that criticized a global warming rule, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 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.
In a piece in today's State Journal-Register, noted economist and commentator Walter Williams asks: "Why the rush to OK ‘cap and trade’ in the Senate?" He addresses the major push now under way to pass the Waxman-Markey climate legislation through the Senate since it passed the House a couple of weeks ago. In this quote he lays exactly what is at stake with this issue:
Today in her column, The Wall Street Journal
's Kimberley Strassel explains the Obama EPA's censoring of an internal study
that questioned the scientific foundation for the administration's climate change policies. The report, written by Alan Carlin, a senior analyst at the EPA's National Center for Environmental Economics, was released last week by CEI last week.
Mr. Carlin and a colleague presented a 98-page analysis arguing the agency should take another look, as the science behind man-made global warming is inconclusive at best. The analysis noted that global temperatures were on a downward trend. It pointed out problems with climate models. It highlighted new research that contradicts apocalyptic scenarios. "We believe our concerns and reservations are sufficiently important to warrant a serious review of the science by EPA," the report read.