Inhofe Got the Message – EPA Busted
Posted by Jeff Id on June 29, 2009
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 Carlin’s report argued that the information the EPA was using was out of date, and that even as atmospheric carbon dioxide levels have increased, global temperatures have declined.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.”
I wrote to my own congresswoman demanding an investigation, of course she’s a liberal democrat who craves the power.
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.”
“It was something that he did on his own,” the official said. “Though he was not qualified, his manager indulged him and allowed him on agency time to draft up … a set of comments.”
Of course the unqualified chief tries to discredit his employee by calling him unqualified. Standard tactics from what I can tell. I doubt Dr. Steig will be requesting I take his matlab class in the near future.
Despite the EPA official’s remarks, Carlin told FOXNews.com on Monday that his boss, National Center for Environmental Economics Director Al McGartland, appeared to be pressured into reassigning him.
Carlin said he doesn’t know whether the White House intervened to suppress his report but claimed it’s clear “they would not be happy about it if they knew about it,” and that McGartland seemed to be feeling pressure from somewhere up the chain of command.
Carlin said McGartland told him he had to pull him off the climate change issue.
“It was reassigning you or losing my job, and I didn’t want to lose my job,” Carlin said, paraphrasing what he claimed were McGartland’s comments to him. “My inference (was) that he was receiving some sort of higher-level pressure.”
Alan Carlin is quickly becoming a hero in my eyes.
His private emails with the thinly veiled threats from his boss are at this link:
His report which is critical of the EPA’s document is linked here
The report is quite reasonable although not technically perfect. He brings up many of the questions those of us who are skeptics know are being politically exaggerated. I wish Americans understood what was going on. We all want blue skies but this has nothing to do with science.
These people have the control and the stage so I hesitate to give them any more power. If you read this as I do however, it sounds like a statement from Ahkmaginidaad
“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,” the statement said. “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.”
They reviewed it — in private — and found it didn’t require discussion. Everyone else in America is allowed to comment and all comments are expected to be addressed. Carlin was originally one of the authors of the EPA report, now he’s not qualified.
The controversy is similar to one under the Bush administration — only the administration was taking the opposite stance. In that case, scientist James Hansen claimed the administration was trying to keep him from speaking out and calling for reductions in greenhouse gases.
Well it’s my blog so I’ll point out that despite what this reporter claims it’s not the same, Hansen is an advocate playing scientist with fame and fortune to gain. Carlin is a non-scientist who is in danger of loosing his job.
Who’s anti-science Bush or Obama… Don’t say both ’cause one got it right.