Feb 05

A Utah legislative committee panel has OK’d a resolution that urges the EPA to halt it’s regulations aimed at GHG’s, including CO2, and cited cataclysmic impacts to the economy according to Deseret News:

“We are responsible to look at the big picture,” said Rep. Kerry Gibson, R-Ogden, sponsor of the measure. “The economy is as important as the environment.”

Fueled by concerns over devastating impacts to Utah’s farmers, ranchers, mining industry, businesses and consumers, HJR12 is intended to send a message to the federal government that the regulation of carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas is fraught with economic impracticalities and based on unproven global warming theory.

“Sometimes when we don’t have all the answers, we need to have the courage to do nothing,” said Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab, arguing forcefully on behalf of the resolution. Making reference to the medical profession’s Hippocratic oath, Noel said, “As policymakers, we should first do no harm.”

The resolution itself is a wonder to behold as it lists in a very concise form every single argument the most vehement skeptic could make against regulating CO2 to supposedly solve man-made global warming, as follows:

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Jan 21

Obviously, this is fall-out from yesterday’s stunning Massachusetts special election.  Not only is government-run health care dead, but cap and trade and the EPA’s regulation of CO2 are also on their death beds.

ABC reports:

Three Democratic senators are joining an effort to block the Obama administration from taking steps to reduce the pollution blamed for global warming.

Democrats Ben Nelson of Nebraska, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, and Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas have signed onto a resolution introduced Thursday by Republican Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. The measure, which must pass Congress and be signed by the President, would bar the Environmental Protection Agency from issuing regulations to control greenhouse gases.

Nelson, Lincoln and Landrieu seem to be attempting to save their political careers judging from this move.

Hat tip: @gl0bal_warming

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Jun 30

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Jun 30

Hat tip: @InhofePress

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Jun 25

Via my fellow blogger, Thomas Richard, at Climate Change Fraud (Note: Read through the entire post, there’s an important reader comment at the end) :

Thomas Fuller, noted global warming critic (not skeptic) and a “Lib Dem”, whose philosophy is that alarmists are making a climate-change mountain out of a spring-shower molehill, published an article yesterday that apparently got the EPA’s dander up.

The article, first reported by CEI, revealed how the EPA was suppressing “relevant evidence when considering whether or not to classify CO2 as a pollutant.” This is not surprising since the EPA is a political organization, its leader is appointed by the President, and they generally fall in line behind the administration’s agenda. In this case, the cap and trade tax. But to make the cap and trade tax easier for Congress to swallow, the EPA needed to relegate it as a pollutant.

After Fuller called the EPA (by phone, no less!), they responded that the “suppressed evidence” was published on at least four occasions. They then go on to say they are trying to find out how to publish it. Yes, you read that correctly. The spin is in. Sadly, Fuller is one of the more common-sense voices in the global warming debate.

Fuller, probably not familiar with the machinations of Washington, D.C., politics, was led down the road the EPA built just for him. And follow he did. He updates his article by not only redacting the entire piece, but chastising the CEI for making much ado about nothing.

I must say this does not sound like the big deal the CEI made of it, and I must particularly note how responsive and open the people I dealt with at the EPA were…If CEI did indeed play games with the skeptic community and we journalists covering that community, it will be their credibility in tatters.

Below you’ll find the EPA’s email response to Fuller that he also published, and in his own words, you can “draw your own conclusions.”

“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. In this instance, certain opinions were expressed by an individual who is not a scientist and was not part of the working group dealing with this issue.

Nevertheless, several of the opinions and ideas proposed by this individual were submitted to those responsible for developing the proposed endangerment finding. Additionally, his manager allowed his general views on the subject of climate change to be heard and considered inside and outside the EPA and presented at conferences and at an agency seminar. The individual was also granted a request to join a committee that organizes an ongoing climate seminar series, open to both agency and outside experts, where he has been able to invite speakers with a full range of views on climate science. The claims that his opinions were not considered or studied are entirely false.” – EPA Press Secretary Adora Andy

The following is from user ‘Anonymous’ that was posted in the comment section after Fuller’s self-inflicted muzzling:

I work at EPA, I know the facts of what happened, the EPA is trying to spin its way out of this. McGartland put a muzzle on Dr. Carlin and he was instructed to by still senior officials. The facts will eventually come out, and they will not be pretty. I’d love to give my name, but I don’t want to have happen to me what has happened to Dr. Carlin.

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Jun 24

Shameful, and yet I’m not surprised.  This from the same people who promised us “transparency”, and science over ideology.

CEI is on the case.

Hat tip: Watts Up With That?

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