Details of the Environmental Protection Agency's efforts to censor and suppress several senior researchers over reports voicing skepticism on anthropogenic global warming (AGW) theory are drawing attention.
Alan Carlin authored a 98-page report urging caution before enacting potential carbon regulation. His report warned against making policy "decisions based on a scientific hypothesis that does not appear to explain most of the available data." The report stated, "My personal view is that there is not currently any reason to regulate (carbon dioxide). There may be in the future. But global temperatures are roughly where they were in the mid-20th century. They're not going up, and if anything they're going down."
Recently released emails from Al McGartland, an EPA administrator, to Carlin reveal a startling tale of bias and suppression. In the email McGartland writes, "The administrator and the administration has decided to move forward... and your comments do not help the legal or policy case for this decision."
Carlin's report was rejected and hushed away. Carlin, though, doesn't blame McGartland. In an interview he states, "It was his view that he either lost his job or he got me working on something else. That was obviously coming from higher levels."
Other released emails reveal that Carlin was forbade to "have any direct communication" with anyone outside his small group on climate issues. Carlin, who's dedicated 38 years of his life to the EPA, adds, "I was told for probably the first time in I don't know how many years exactly what I was to work on. And it was not to work on climate change."
He was shuffled to work on a grants database, moved out of active research. Carlin has authored numerous climate papers and holds a Ph.D in economics from MIT along with an undergraduate physics degree from CalTech.
The EPA denies the censorship. It states, "Claims that this individual’s opinions were not considered or studied are entirely false. This Administration and this EPA Administrator are fully committed to openness, transparency and science-based decision making. These principles were reflected throughout the development of the proposed endangerment finding, a process in which a broad array of voices were heard and an inter-agency review was conducted."
During the Bush administration, environmental advocates and certain EPA individuals complained that pro-AGW reports were being censored. Lisa Jackson, the new Obama-appointed EPA administrator had promised to turn over a new leaf. She had proclaimed, "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."
quote: crap gas guzzeling cars that nobody wants to drive.
quote: We are polluting the air we breath which in turn will increase our cancer risk...
quote: Last time I checked since gas prices have dropped Gas guzzeling trucks are still selling.
quote: You are pretty much the only country in the world interested in stupidly large motor vehicles for everyday use.
quote: I drive a Ford Focus and I'm in the UK. Even if I wanted one, I'd have a hard time finding a car for sale made by GM (or a given front company) over here.
quote: No... interest in "large" autos is usually inversely proportional to fuel price and proportional to overall wealth.
quote: Really? GM claims to have 15% of the market in Britian.
quote: If Europe had similar fuel prices to NA, Europeans would want to drive larger/less fuel efficient cars as well.
quote: Its also good to note that the European Ford Focus is singificantly different than a NA Focus.
quote: Have you driven down some of our roads? they are not all so conducive to being filled with mega-cars, unless you only want to use one lane.
quote: How often do you leave your country?
quote: I have been to London several times over the past few decades. Familiar with the term "Chelsea Tractor"? Chelsea is an upscale neighborhood in London right? The term (I believe, not being an expert on all things British) developed because large numbers of rich "soccer moms" or fools in Chelsea bought overly large SUVs to drive around London.
quote: I also happened to notice the copious amounts of fuel wasting performance cars in Britian each time I have traveled there. Not an unreasonable number, but certainly more than would be expected of a country that takes such a high and mighty attitude about Fuel consumption standards.
quote: The truth seems to be that when someone in Europe and Britian can afford the higher fuel costs, they spring for larger or more fuel wasting cars.
quote: Since this makes basic sense (people will trade money for utility at the levels they value the money versus the utility), is it any wonder that when the penatly is significantly less, more people choose this option?
quote: As to the differences between European Focus and NA Focus... The NA Focus is most basic car in the United States and sells on -price- alone. They have stripped the styling, the handling, the performance (through transmission timing or something), the interior... its really sad.
quote: I might consider a European Focus (I personally drive this size car anyway), but the NA Focus wouldn't even get a test drive. I have driven later than 2006 model years for both.
quote: How often do you drive in the US? Drive a typical persons commute? Drive a vacation through Oregon and California Coast? Make a Road Trip to Disney Land with 3 children? Drive between two Semis (Huge trucks that don't even exist in most of Europe) for miles?
quote: There are very good reasons why US people prefer cars with Wheelbases above 105 in and HP 150+ with around 115 in and 250 HP being the sweet spots. 3 dollar a gallon fuel combined with the current road conditions.
quote: I dated an Iranian (she preferred Persian) girl last year. She was smoking hot and, um, rather adventurous.
quote: The only "easy" way to become a citizen of Dubai is to marry a citizen, and convert to Islam. Even then I don't think it is a slam dunk.
quote: New EPA administrator Lisa Jackson claimed she would deliver "transparency" to the agency.
quote: Remember, the only time they're lying to you is when their mouth is open! ;)
quote: Why turn this into a partisan argument for no reason.
quote: The models may have to be expanded to cover additional situations, but that doesn't make them invalid for the specific circumstances which they were designed to accurately model.
quote: Activists' stance with regard to nuclear power has nothing to do with the evaluation of a scientific theory based of the evidence and analysis presented.
quote: But all life, and we humans in particular, would suffer massive casualties and a reduced quality of life because of it.
quote: ...the cause of the warming is extremely unlikely (<5%) to be the result of internal processes.
quote: Science doesn't always agree with common sense. You know what else doesn't pass a basic "scientific" sniff test? Quantum physics. God does not play dice with the universe. Or relativity, either. You mean to tell me no matter how fast I'm going, light will still be going 186,000 miles per hour? Come on!
quote: it only comes from one area of activity on the globe - human.
quote: 'His report warned against making policy "decisions based on a scientific hypothesis that does not appear to explain most of the available data"'
quote: * [...] the current and projected concentrations of the mix of six key greenhouse gases [...] in the atmosphere threaten the public health and welfare of current and future generations. This is referred to as the endangerment finding.* [...] that the combined emissions of CO2, CH4, N2O, and HFCs from new motor vehicles and motor vehicle engines contribute to the atmospheric concentrations of these key greenhouse gases and hence to the threat of climate change. This is referred to as the cause or contribute finding.
quote: The EPA also said in its statement: "The individual in question is not a scientist and was not part of the working group dealing with this issue. Nevertheless the document he submitted was reviewed by his peers and agency scientists, and information from that report was submitted by his manager to those responsible for developing the proposed endangerment finding. In fact, some ideas from that document are included and addressed in the endangerment finding."
quote: The big problem I have is that the mindset is that if you pollute more, you have to buy more carbon credits to offset the pollution. So you don't change your actual business practice to reduce pollutions, just pay more for the ability to do it.
quote: That's a sector where, in my un-expert opinion, if you want to reduce CO2 emissions, you just have to legislate a cap.
quote: you can see it as a tax if you like
quote: If you need to set an absolute maximum, you need a cap.
quote: 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 .
quote: Other released emails reveal that Carlin was forbade to .......