Our comments note that the original USGCRP report is “clearly slanted towards negative impacts from climate change when there is a large body of scientific evidence…that argues for the contrary.”
The comments assert that many papers published since the 2009 document show that the likelihood of extreme climate change is much lower than assumed in that report. This alone challenges EPA’s assertion that things are just hunky‐dory in Apocalypse Land, and requires them to reassess their Endangerment Finding.
In addition, the rapid evolution of climate science — for better or worse, for warmer or cooler — mandates that the EPA reassess their Endangerment Finding at least on an annual basis.
As the comments note, relying on dated and incomplete science is a recipe for bad regulations.
Admittedly, the Addendum is perfectly cheeky. In many cases it uses the USGCRP’s own words, followed by what they somehow forgot to mention. In others, it borrows directly from their format. Finally, it commits the cardinal Washington sin of dissing bureaucracy.
The last section of the USGCRP report is called “An Agenda for Climate Impacts Science,” which is nothing more than a wish list for more and more $$$ to go to the USGCRP. How predictable.
On the other hand, the Executive Summary of the Addendum concludes: