Tuesday, June 30, 2009

EPA Tries Killing Skeptical CBS News Global Warming Story

The Environmental Protection Agency, acting contrary to the many assurances of the Obama administration, but in apparent concert with same, is attempting to quash one of its own reports and stop CBS News from reporting the story, according to CBS News. Alan Carlin, the primary author of the 98-page report advised not to make rushed "decisions based on a scientific hypothesis that does not appear to explain most of the available data."

The 38 year veteran of the EPA, Ph.D in Economics and B.S. in Physics, has written extensively on environmental actions, the economic affects, and maintains a library of environmental public policy articles dating back to 1964 at his website, Carlin Economics. Carlin has been reassigned to update a grants database, a job any office clerk could do.

The internal EPA report is skeptical of the official government stance that global warming is anthropogenic and that carbon dioxide must be strictly controlled through federal government regulations.

Carlin concluded after reviewing the science literature upon which the EPA was relying, that it was out of date by about three years and was not representative of recent research which indicates "... global temperatures are roughly where they were in the mid-20th century. They're not going up, and if anything they're going down." He said, "My personal view is that there is not currently any reason to regulate (carbon dioxide.) There may be in the future."

The quashed report (PDF report March 2009) lists six primary concerns the EPA ignored in its decision making process that have been developed since 2006.

1. Global temperatures have declined for the past 11 years with a particularly rapid decline in "1907-8"(sic - the erroneous dates should probably be '2007-8'.) In September 2007, the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) turned negative and the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO) went negative in January 2009. At the same time, atmospheric CO2 levels have continued to increase and accelerate. This is in accord with emperical evidence that CO2 levels lag temperatures by about 800 years as shown by actual science observation. This is at odds with the Gorean Consensus postulated in Al Gore's book and film "An Inconvenient Truth" that says CO2 leads temperature's rise and fall.

2. Past consensus maintained that hurricane occurrence would increase in frequency and intensity with anthropogenic global warming and rising CO2 levels. However, recent indicators show that hurricane activity will be more neutral and bear greater resemblance to storm activity of the past.

3. Temperature increases and the likelihood of Greenland shedding its glaciers are greatly exaggerated.

4. The current global recession has put the brakes on current levels of greenhouse gas emissions, whether they were a cause or not. The economic slowdown has not been accounted for in the EPS's work product nor were available at the time of the UN's IPCC climate report.

5. Crucial assumptions made by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and used in climate modelling that water vapor provides strong positive feedback on climate is contradicted by a 2009 paper that finds that empirical evidence shows actual negative feedback.
6. Another 2009 paper "suggests" the IPCC used erroneous solar data when dismissing direct effects of "solar variability on global temperatures." The authors, Scaffeti and West, say solar variability could be responsible "for up to 68%" of the global temperature increases. (See my post, Global Warming, Solar Radiation Linked Say NASA Eggheads.)

Nevertheless, the campaign ordered from higher authorities to silence and smear the reputation of Dr. Alan Carlin has picked up. McGartland of the EPA, wrote in an email on March 17, "The administrator and the administration has decided to move forward... and your comments do not help the legal or policy case for this decision." Further emails released this week ordered Carlin not to "have any direct communication" with anyone outside his small group at EPA on the topic of climate change, and was informed that his report would not be shared with the agency group working on the topic, reports CBS News.

The EPA then sent CBS News an email stating, "Claims that this individual’s opinions were not considered or studied are entirely false. This Administration and this EPA Administrator are fully committed to openness, transparency and science-based decision making. These principles were reflected throughout the development of the proposed endangerment finding, a process in which a broad array of voices were heard and an inter-agency review was conducted."

The EPA's character assassination goes on with this statement, "The individual in question is not a scientist and was not part of the working group dealing with this issue. Nevertheless the document he submitted was reviewed by his peers and agency scientists, and information from that report was submitted by his manager to those responsible for developing the proposed endangerment finding. In fact, some ideas from that document are included and addressed in the endangerment finding."

The politically charged action may be related to the extraordinary speed of the regulatory process in this case. Dr. Carlin said, "In the case of an ordinary regulation, these things normally take a year or two. In this case, it was a few weeks to get it out for public comment." Carlin further stated that EPA staff members invited to respond to a draft report had only four and a half days to review the report and offer any input. The unusual haste was due to new EPA administrator, Lisa Jackson, who said she wanted a decision regulating carbon dioxide by April 2 so as to coincide with the second anniversary of the Clean Air Act decision made by the US Supreme Court.

Rep. James Sensenbrenner, senior Republican of the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, said, "I'm sure it was very inconvenient for the EPA to consider a study that contradicted the findings it wanted to reach... But the EPA is supposed to reach its findings based on evidence, not on political goals. The repression of this important study casts doubts on EPA's finding, and frankly, on other analysis EPA has conducted on climate issues."

Lisa Jackson said in January 2009, "I will ensure EPA’s efforts to address the environmental crises of today are rooted in three fundamental values: science-based policies and programs, adherence to the rule of law, and overwhelming transparency."

The current White House resident, Barack Hussein Obama, has said, "the days of science taking a back seat to ideology are over... To undermine scientific integrity is to undermine our democracy. It is contrary to our way of life."

This may prove very embarrassing to the EPA and the Obama Administration, especially since CBS News was one of the primary supporters of the Obama presidential campaign and a leading advocate of the Obama socialist agenda in the months after the inauguration. Perhaps, Obama should not have bitten the hand that feeds him despite the media's fawning slobberfest of blind love and obedience.




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8 comments:

Tom said...

The EPA wants power, and it doesn't hurt that it can be a pawn in Obama's game of shafting the taxpayer.

Mike's America said...

"This Administration and this EPA Administrator are fully committed to openness, transparency and science-based decision making."

What a laugh! Environmental "science" has become totally politicized by the left.

As for EPA giving full consideration to Carlin's paper I do believe they did... They did give full consideration on how to shut him up and PUNISH HIM!

Indigo Red said...

Dems have been so hungry for power they are now eating each other...

Anonymous said...

I'll bet this made Al Gore chike on his moon pie. Don

Tin said...

The paper was plagiarized from a GW denier website. Google a key phrase like this gem "Global temperatures have declined—extending the current downtrend to ll years with a particularly rapid decline in 1907-8"

Indigo Red said...

Tin, like it or not, global temps have declined over the past 11 years - that's the empirical, i.e. collected date, evidence. No matter how environazis spin the numbers, planet Earth is not getting hotter and polar bears are not dying in abnormanlly high numbers.

Indigo Red said...

And just in case, I did Google a key phrase like this gem "Global temperatures have declined—extending the current downtrend to ll years with a particularly rapid decline in 1907-8" and this is what comes up: Did you mean: "Global temperatures have declined—extending the current downturn to ll years with a particularly rapid decline in 1907-8" and No results found for "Global temperatures have declined—extending the current downtrend to 11 years with a particularly rapid decline in 1907-8".

Anymore gems you want to throw out as red herrings for me to shoot down as non sequitur.

Tin said...

Funny, I had 19 hits...
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