Honey, They Shrunk the Climate Science!

November 7, 2011 • Commentary
This article appeared on Forbes​.com on November 7, 2011.

On December 7, 2009 the EPA issued an “endangerment finding” from carbon dioxide and other “greenhouse” gases. Thanks to the goofy Supreme Court decision, Massachusetts v. EPA, after making such a finding, the EPA must then regulate CO2 ultimately to the point at which it no longer “endangers” human health and welfare.

As long as this ruling stands, no one can stop them without a specific Act of Congress. If a (Republican?) president directs his EPA administrator to back off, Environmental Defense, the Sierra Club and everyone else in the multibillion dollar global warming lobby will be in court in a second, arguing that the Supremes were quite clear: endangerment means regulation.

So, the only way to stop the EPA is for them to reverse their Endangerment Finding.

I think it is time to make this easy for them. Or, perhaps, easy for anyone to compel them to do so.

The Finding is based largely on two documents, with only one, Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States, pertaining directly to the U.S. This 188‐​page, 569‐​citation tome is the Big Kahuna. Shoot it down and the Finding is gone, too. This document was produced by the U.S. Global Change Research Program (UGCRP), which has easily consumed $10 billion in a very few years and serves to advance the careers of bureaucrats, academics and college presidents. USGCRP has absolutely no incentive to do anything but hype climate change.

Which it did. Recognizing this (and knowing that EPA’s regulatory boot is not going to be popular) I have undertaken a little project, preparing a document with exactly the same format, flow, and subject matter as the USGCRP report, based upon the massive volume of refereed science that they chose to ignore in order to keep their gravy train hurtling down the track.

I’m calling my document Additional Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States.

Here is Page 13 of the USGCRP Report.

And here is Page 13 from Additional Climate Change Impacts in the United States:

So, how much science did the USGCRP leave out? As I noted, their document contains 569 citations. The final numbers aren’t in yet, but it appears that Additional Climate Change Impacts will top out with well over 700.

What this means is that the USGCRP report that EPA is using as entre to your pocketbook ignored more than half of the published science. You should be able to take that to court. Honey, they shrunk the science.

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