Cap ‘n Trade aka Crap & Traitor
It’s getting cold out there
by Debra J. Saunders
(Thanks to the one and only Dr. Jay for turning me on to this brilliant editorial so I could post it here for your reading pleasure: sharks.)
He’s an MIT-trained economist, albeit with a degree in physics from the California Institute of Technology, who has worked as an analyst at the EPA since 1974. In March, he co-wrote a 98-page paper that began, “We have become increasingly concerned that EPA and many other agencies and countries have paid too little attention to the science of global warming.” He fears politics are steering what should be scientific research.
The analysis noted that global temperatures have declined over the last 11 years while carbon emissions have increased. It cited a 2009 paper that found “solar variability” may have had more to do with any warming over the last few decades than rising greenhouse gas levels. Carlin also wondered why the EPA bought into global-warming doom scenarios, when, despite increased greenhouse gas levels, U.S. crop yields are up, air quality is improved and Americans are living longer.
Did the EPA welcome a dissenting voice? Au contraire. According to e-mails released last month by Sam Kazman, general counsel for the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a free-market think tank, Carlin’s supervisor told him not to “have any direct communication” with anyone in-house or elsewhere on the issue. And: “I don’t want you to spend any additional EPA time on climate change.”
Only later, Carlin told me, did the EPA grant him permission to post the paper on his personal website and talk to the media.
Kazman argues that the EPA’s failure to post Carlin’s paper officially violates court rulings that require agencies to disclose discarded evidence when making rules. And: “The bigger irony is that this administration has been touting its commitment to scientific integrity and agency transparency.”
He said there is so much of a natural variability in weather it makes it difficult to come to a scientifically valid conclusion that global warming is man made. “It well may be, but we’re not scientifically there yet.”