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July 01, 2009

EPA: The Science Is Settled On Global Warming, So Shut The Hell Up

This story has been out awhile but is getting some new life because of the passage of Cap and Tax as well as a couple of Republican legislators taking an interest in the case.

A top Republican senator has ordered an investigation into the Environmental Protection Agency's alleged suppression of a report that questioned the science behind global warming.

The 98-page report, co-authored by EPA analyst Alan Carlin, pushed back on the prospect of regulating gases like carbon dioxide as a way to reduce global warming. Carlin's report argued that the information the EPA was using was out of date, and that even as atmospheric carbon dioxide levels have increased, global temperatures have declined.

"He came out with the truth. They don't want the truth at the EPA," Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., a global warming skeptic, told FOX News, saying he's ordered an investigation. "We're going to expose it."

...According to internal e-mails that have been made public by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, Carlin's boss told him in March that his material would not be incorporated into a broader EPA finding and ordered Carlin to stop working on the climate change issue. The draft EPA finding released in April lists six greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide, that the EPA says threaten public health and welfare.

An EPA official told FOXNews.com on Monday that Carlin, who is an economist -- not a scientist -- included "no original research" in his report. The official said that Carlin "has not been muzzled in the agency at all," but stressed that his report was entirely "unsolicited."

...Citing the internal e-mails, the Republican congressmen wrote that the EPA was exhibiting an "agency culture set in a predetermined course."

"It documents at least one instance in which the public was denied access to significant scientific literature and raises substantial questions about what additional evidence may have been suppressed," they wrote.

In a written statement, Issa said the administration is "actively seeking to withhold new data in order to justify a political conclusion."

First, allow me to head off our lefty friends...yeah Carlin is an economist not a climate scientist. What he did was a study of the work by experts in the field. You know who else isn't a climate scientist but uses other people's work...Al Gore (B.A., Government, Harvard University and two time drop out from divinity programs).

So moving on...one reason this is so important is the threat hanging over Congress that if they don't pass some sort of carbon program, the EPA will do it without any legislative input and simply destroy the economy via regulatory fiat. Obviously debunking the myth of Anthropomorphic Anthropogenic Global Warming would be, um, inconvenient to say the least.

Supporters of James Hansen were unavailable for comment.


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