ALG Backs Inhofe’s Call for Investigation into EPA Suppressing Carlin Report, Calls on Senate to Hold Up on “Cap-and-Tax” Bill

June 30th, 2009, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today urged the U.S. Senate to follow through on Senator Jim Inhofe’s call for an investigation into the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suppressing a paper highly critical of the science behind the “global warming consensus” before proceeding with a highly controversial bill to enact mandated reductions in national carbon emissions.

“Dr. Alan Carlin’s paper was suppressed to cover up clear and convincing evidence compiled in the scientific community that shatters the so-called ‘consensus’ that hydrocarbon fuels oil, gasoline, coal, and natural gas—which our economy depends upon to grow—are somehow causing the earth’s temperature to heat up,” said Wilson.

“This is the greatest scandal in scientific history,” Wilson added.

According to the paper compiled by Dr. Alan Carlin, a PhD economist in EPA’s Office of Policy, Economics, and Innovation, the EPA’s “Technical Support Document for Endangerment Analysis for Greenhouse Gas Emissions under the Clean Air Act” (TSD) uses data that is out-of-date and ignores the decade-long decline in the earth’s temperature despite CO2 levels rising and CO2 emissions accelerating.

The EPA’s official findings, writes Carlin, are based largely on the International Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) AR4 report published in 2007. That report’s data, according to Carlin, “is at best three years out of date in a rapidly changing field.”

Carlin writes that the “IPCC projections for large increases [in temperature] are looking increasingly doubtful” in light of “recent substantial decreases in global temperatures”.

“Dr. Carlin’s report proves that the EPA cannot trust without verifying the veracity of the reports of the UN,” said Wilson.

“Under the current administration, the UN’s phony and inaccurate projections of temperature increases—which now have been completely discredited—are being accepted on faith as gospel,” Wilson added.

Wilson said the brakes need to be applied to the climate change bill. “The Senate cannot proceed with the Waxman-Markey legislation mandating carbon emission caps until the fraudulent science that underpins it is completely exposed.”
The legislation, HR 2454, would force carbon-emitting industries coal, oil, gasoline, and natural gas to purchase carbon permits. The bill aims to reduce industrial emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases by 17 percent by 2020 and 83 percent by 2050.

The House voted in favor of the legislation was 219 to 212 on June 26th, although Wilson noted that “no member had access to the Carlin paper because the EPA covered it up.”

Wilson again pointed to a study from APS Physics, “Climate Sensitivity Revisited,” as discrediting the justification for capping carbon emissions. “The Monckton study, which Dr. Carlin cites, proves that the UN International Panel on Climate Change’s computer models greatly overstate the impact of carbon emissions on global temperatures. The whole hypothesis is not even based on actual observable data that can be confirmed.”

Wilson says that the EPA is lying to the American people about the science behind climate change. “Dr. Carlin is a national hero for exposing the global warming fraud, and it is up to the U.S. Senate to investigate the political suppression of scientific inquiry at the Environmental Protection Agency.”

Attachments: “Proposed NCEE Comments on Draft Technical Support Document for Endangerment Analysis for Greenhouse Gas Emissions under the Clean Air Act,” Dr. Alan Carlin, EPA Office of Policy, Economics, and Innovation.

Interview Availability: Please contact Alex Rosenwald at (703)383-0880 or at arosenwald@getliberty.org to arrange an interview with ALG President Bill Wilson.

 

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