June 8th, 2010, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government (ALG) President Bill Wilson today urged the Senate to vote in favor of Senator Lisa Murkowski’s resolution that would repeal an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finding classifying carbon dioxide as a pollutant.
In Wilson’s letter to the Senate, he wrote, “If you do not act to repeal the EPA’s endangerment finding against carbon dioxide, as in S.J. Res. 26, it will be utilized by the agency as the foundation for the EPA to regulate, restrict, and eventually prohibit emissions of carbon dioxide by motor vehicles, industry, and even the air people exhale.”
The letter continued, “The EPA’s finding is based on shoddy science that disregards the downward trend in global temperatures despite increases in carbon emissions, ignores the failed projections of increased temperatures by the International Panel on Climate Change and other proponents of the man-made global warming hypothesis, and overlooks the impact of the Climategate scandal where it was revealed that global temperature data was manipulated and exaggerated by climatologists and utilizes data that has now been discredited.”
ALG today published a summary of the implications of the EPA’s finding. It cites research from Christopher Monckton of Brenchley documenting lower actual global temperatures than had been projected by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the UN agency often cited as justification for draconian restrictions on carbon emissions.
Wilson said in a statement, “All of the predictions made by the IPCC have been discredited. They said that temperatures are supposed to be going up, but they’re not. Since the EPA’s carbon endangerment finding depends so heavily upon the IPCC for its finding that carbon dioxide is a harmful pollutant, the only responsible action for the Senate is to repeal it.”
“It’s not as if the EPA did not have an opportunity to get up to speed on recent revelations in climate science. EPA analyst Dr. Alan Carlin submitted comments warning against the finding citing data that disproves the man-made global warming hypothesis, and they consciously disregarded it. They suppressed it,” Wilson noted in a statement.
The summary also notes that the EPA did not take into consideration the Climategate scandal in producing its finding, which revealed widespread manipulation of temperature data by what Wilson called “alarmist climate scientists driven by ideology rather an impartial pursuit of the truth.”
Wilson said the IPCC’s poor track record calls into question further predictions made by the EPA citing IPCC research. In its finding, the EPA claimed that the increased concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere “threaten[s] the public health and welfare of current and future generations.”
The regulation predicts increased heat waves, more-intense hurricanes, floods, storm surges, rising sea levels, erosion, wildfires, drought, and even allergens and pathogens. The EPA also predicts the displacement of indigenous populations, the eventual decrease of food production and agriculture, and the reduction of forest productivity.
The Senate is expected to vote on Murkowski’s resolution on Thursday.
“The true danger to the American people is tyrannical restrictions on carbon emissions and energy usage that harm population sustainability and economic growth. The Senate has a golden opportunity to stop the EPA dead in its tracks before it imposes a carbon rationing regime upon the American people,” Wilson concluded.
“Earth Not on Fire: The Threat Posed by the EPA’s CO2 Endangerment Finding on the Individual and the Economy,” Americans for Limited Government, June, 2010.
ALG Letter to U.S. Senate, June 8th, 2010.
“The EPA’s Reckless Endangerment,” by ALG President Bill Wilson, June 8th, 2010.
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