Re: Gross intellectual dishonesty
- The article that follows indicates the Marshall Institute has had a major
U.S. climate science policy.
Taking On Global Climate Change
Planned Study Is Decried as Stalling
By Guy Gugliotta
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, July 24, 2003; Page A06
The Bush administration will announce today final details of a 10-year
plan to study global climate change to determine whether greenhouse gases
and other human-generated pollutants have contributed to an unnatural
warming of Earth's atmosphere.
"We want to take a very careful acknowledgement of everything we know and
don't know and try to drive the science forward," Assistant Commerce
Secretary James R. Mahoney, director of the administration's U.S. Climate
Change Science Program, said yesterday. "And we want to do it with as
much transparency as possible, because this is a highly controversial
Environmental groups criticized the plan as a deliberate attempt to
stallaction on global warming by revisiting scientific questions that
were long ago "asked and answered," said Daniel A. Lashof, science
director for the Climate Center of the Natural Resources Defense
Philip E. Clapp, president of the National Environmental Trust, said,
"Most climate scientists around the world will see this as fiddling while
Rome burns. More research is always welcome, but the goal here is just to
delay doing anything about the problem."
The plan is contained in a 330-page report to be released today by
Commerce Secretary Donald L. Evans and Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham.
An executive summary and other amplifying documents were made public
The new initiatives marked the latest effort by President Bush to take
the high ground in the climate change debate. Environmentalists roundly
criticized him less than three months after taking office in 2001, when
he dismissed the Kyoto agreement on global warming, saying it exempted
developing countries and would harm the U.S. economy.
Bush's critics say the preponderance of scientific opinion holds that
emissions of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping industrial and
tailpipe gases are responsible for a trend that has the potential to
alter global climate in profound and perhaps catastrophic ways.
"The political piece with this latest effort is to make people feel
better about the science," Lashof said. "But the administration will try
to suppress information that its friends in the coal and oil industry
Administration supporters, however, say that although global warming may
be a reality, the reasons for it remain unproven: "A lot of what people
say about this is professional judgment and hypothesis," said William
O'Keefe, president of the George C. Marshall Institute. "We just don't
have the empirical data."
The research plan is intended to fix that, Mahoney said. The Climate
Change Science Program brings together expertise from 13 federal agencies
that are spending $4.5 billion per year on programs that touch on climate
change, he said, and the plan will reprogram $103 million to deploy new
satellite-based global observation technologies.
The plan outlines five "overarching scientific goals." They include
improving knowledge of Earth's climate and "reducing uncertainty in
projections of how the Earth's climate and related systems may change in
the future." And although the plan is designed for 10 years, it also
outlines 21 priorities to be completed by 2007, focusing on measuring
emissions and making predictions based on the estimates.
"We don't recommend decisions," Mahoney said. "We're completely neutral
about that, but we want to have as much useful information out there as
possible when the bell rings and somebody wants to use it."
� 2003 The Washington Post Company
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