AP-EPA Admin. Lisa Jackson
The Environmental protection Agency (EPA) issued a declaration on Monday that called greenhouse gases a danger to public health, thus clearing the way for potential strict regulation of industries that contribute greenhouse gas emissions.
EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson issued a statement that in part said, “These long-overdue findings cement 2009's place in history as the year when the United States Government began addressing the challenge of greenhouse-gas pollution and seizing the opportunity of clean-energy reform.”
It was a remarkable coincidence that the EPA’s announcement was released on the day the climate summit in Copenhagen, Denmark began. The move was seen by many as a political gesture aimed at demonstrating the Obama administration’s commitment to increasing taxes on green house gas emitting firms in order to force them into compliance.
Skeptics were generally outraged, pointing to the recent “Climategate” scandal as evidence that climate change and green house gas data has been manipulated to achieve the desired outcome by climate change proponents.
In that recent scandal, hackers were able to recover 61 megabytes of confidential files from the University of East Angelia’s Climate Research Unit, one of the preeminent research institutions on climate change in the world. The facility is a primary supplier of raw climate change data that many researchers rely on in developing theories and publishing research papers.
Among the hacked emails was an admission of data manipulation:
“I’ve just completed Mike’s Nature trick of adding in the real temps to each series for the last 20 years (ie from 1981 onwards) and from 1961 for Keith’s to hide the decline.”
As well as suppression of evidence:
“Can you delete any emails you may have had with Keith re AR4?
Keith will do likewise. He’s not in at the moment – minor family crisis.
Can you also email Gene and get him to do the same? I don’t have his new email address.
We will be getting Caspar to do likewise.”
Perhaps most remarkably, specific recommendations for eliminating dissent amongst the professional scientific journals:
“This was the danger of always criticizing the skeptics for not publishing in the “peer-reviewed literature”. Obviously, they found a solution to that–take over a journal! So what do we do about this? I think we have to stop considering “Climate Research” as a legitimate peer-reviewed journal. Perhaps we should encourage our colleagues in the climate research community to no longer submit to, or cite papers in, this journal. We would also need to consider what we tell or request of our more reasonable colleagues who currently sit on the editorial board…What do others think?”
All Americans should be outraged at any supposedly legitimate research facility that would suppress or manipulate data and aggressively silence critics for the purpose of advancing an agenda. Anthropogenic Global Warming regulations will result in substantially higher taxes for corporations and individuals, increased costs for consumers, and is based on science that we now know may be faulty or perhaps even fraudulent.
Despite its complexity, this extremely important issue will have a significant impact on the lives of all Americans. It demands that close attention be paid to the data, the conclusions and the agenda of those driving this initiative.