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EPA, Obama ignore science to pass tax hike

Though the MSM and even Fox News spent the last few days broadcasting near 24-hour coverage of the death of a washed-up pop star, there were real news stories to be covered.  The same day the US House passed the job-killing Waxman-Markey tax hike disguised as a climate bill, the Competitive Enterprise Institute released a draft report by EPA researcher Alan Carlin that had been suppressed by the agency’s top brass.  We now have the full report available and it’s damning to the EPA and, by extension, to the President.

Three days prior to releasing the draft, CEI had published four internal EPA emails that show the agency’s was motivated by politics to ignore science that undermines global warming alarmists’ propaganda.  Emails from an EPA bureaucrat forbidding Carlin to speak to anyone about his findings and another that basically informs Carlin his research is being ignored for political reasons are especially damning.  The same bureaucrat, Al McGartland, followed up his previous emails with the statement, “I don’t want you to spend any additional EPA time on climate change.”

I seem to recall President Obama making the claim that he would restore science to its rightful place, or something along those lines.  But here we have professional bureaucrats, who serve his administration, placing politics over science.  Obama’s pledge to maintain the “most transparent administration in history” is broken (again) in the same breath.  And once again, the MSM drops the ball to keep the American people uninformed of the failings of the President’s administration.  Searches of CNN, MSNBC, ABC News, and NBC News for “Alan Carlin” reveal none of these networks have made any attempt to cover this story.  Of the major news networks, only CBS covered the story in a timely manner.  Though it aired a story on the report today, even Fox News ignored the story in the beginning.

Carlin points out that his research was performed under such severe time constraints that errors may exist in his findings, but goes on to say “What is actually noteworthy about this effort is not the relative apparent scientific shine of the two sides but rather the relative ease with which major holes have been found in the GHG/CO2/AGW argument.”  He concludes the EPA’s choice to depend on third-party research based on questionable science to stake its position on global warming is a mistake.

He notes the hyp0thesis that Global Warming is man-made, or even occuring, violates basic scientific principles because observable data fails to conform to the supposition.  According to Carlin, “The most reliable sets of global temperature data we have, using satellite microwave sounding units, show no appreciable temperature increases…”  His report challenges the practice of ignoring other “major potential causes” of Global Warming in models the EPA depends on to support its position, stating that said practice likely overstates the importance of the impact of CO2 and other greenhouse gases.

Carlin notes the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s AR-4 report, heavily leaned on by the EPA to support its position, is outdated and that global temperatures have actually decreased even while CO2 levels and emissions have increased.  He also points out that empirical evidence invalidates crucial assumptions in the IPCC report.  Another glaring problem ignored by the EPA is recent scholarly work that indicates some of the IPCC’s data was invalid.

So if observable data doesn’t support the EPA’s position, and clear evidence the agency is suppressing findings that contradict its position exists, and that evidence strongly suggests the agency was pressured to conform its findings to the political will of the President’s administration, what can we conclude?

It’s becoming obvious the only place science has in the Obama administration is to support his political position.  If science doesn’t support that position, such findings will be buried and the administration will attempt to silence the authors of any such report.  Upon her confirmation by the Senate to lead the EPA, Lisa Jackson said “As Administrator, 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.”  At least two of the three “fundamental values” were abandoned in the suppression of this report.

I’m including Administrator Jackson’s contact information at the EPA and encourage any and everyone to contact her office by phone, email and snail mail to let her know we recognize what’s going on and we don’t like it.  She and the President have used the agency to further the political agenda of Obama in an effort to push through the massive tax hike known as “Cap and Trade.”  You can also contact the White House to let them know we know what Obama’s up to and be sure to contact your Senators and demand they vote against Cap and Trade.

Lisa Jackson, EPA Administrator

Mailing address:
USEPA Headquarters
Ariel Rios Building
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N. W.
Mail Code: 1101A
Washington, DC 20460

Email: jackson.lisa@epa.gov

Phone: 202-564-4700

This administration may well be the most dishonest, opaque, and devious ever to occupy the White House.  Let them know we’re not fooled.

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June 29, 2009 - Posted by | Environment, Taxes | , , , , , , ,

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