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RCEC Email 6.23.03


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  1. 1. A'2 V sC~..Khary I. cauthen 0612312003 03:03:50 PM Record Type: Record Stolpe/CEQIEOP@EOP, Bryan J. To: Dana M. PerinoICEQIEOP@EOP, Elizabeth A. HannegaflICEQIEOP@EOP cc: Phil Cooney/CEQIEOP@EOP of th )se together--- Subject: Ponderous that the same paper ran both 2003 Monday The Atlanta Journal and Constitution June 23, on Copyright 2003 The Atlanta Journal-Constitu http://www.aic.cOM The Atlanta Journal and Constitution June 23, 2003 Monday Home Edition SECTION: Editorial; Pg. 10A LENGTH: 640 words at for hiding facts on global warming HEADLINE: OUR OPINIONS: Give EPA h SOURCE: AJC BODY: administration: if the facts don't suit Th ere is a dangerous pattern emerging from he Bush President Bush's policies, distort them. that Bush and his aides hyped intelligence Public attention has already been focused on charges committees are investigating. on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. TWO congressional Protection Agency report leaves Out critical Now comes news that an important Enviro mental confirmed by a special study requested by t he scientific facts on global warming --- even facts the Earth's alarming temperature increase president himself last year. That study substlatiated carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of over the last decade and its major cause, incjeased. and coal-fired utilities. fossil fuels. The biggest sources are automobiles 1 Quality and Bush budget officials changed the The White House Council on Environment on the nation's environmental challenges to be global warming section of a comprehensive report final contribution of EPA chief Christie issued by the EPA next week. The report ws the Whitman, who is stepping down as agency chministrator.
  2. 2. on environmental issues, continued her habit Whitman, who came to her post with a good record ]-ouse slaps down science in favor of its corporate of turning the other cheek whenever the White report. te oil friends. She said she is "comfortable" with on the global warming issue shortly after Ironically, Whitman suffered her first embarrassment jonal co mmunity that the United States was she was sworn in, when she assured the interna U.S. reductions, only to have Bush rescind the serious about its commitment to carbon dioxid departing sad that in her last week at the agency, the signature to the global warming treaty. It is EPA chief must suffer a similar embarrassmefl. from the the human contribution to global warming Among the deletions were conclusions about similar Wijte House commissioned (after rejecting 2001 National Research Council report the in scietists), one that Bush previously endorsed conclusions by a United Nations panel of a respected also. dbleted a reference to a 1999 study by several speeches. White House officials had gone up sharply in the last decade panel of scientists showing that global temnperhitres to a year. Instead, Bush officials added a reference compared with levels over the past 1,000 conclusion. P~troleum Institute, questioning that new study, partly financed by the American statement upon whi ch scientists agree: Deleted from the report, for example, is even ~he simple for human health and the environment." That 'Climate change has global consequences and confuse;, it cites the complexities of the statement is replaced with one meant to obfuscate TI e White House changes were so extensive, issue and the need to resolve uncertainties. that the giv,-n to the media by a former EPA official, ,~~according to an April 29 EPA staff memo scientific consensus on climate change." report's climate section "no longer accurately frepresents other psiden-tl-srefii sal~o face the~facts onggbal warming cannot be construed as anything facts The - years minimizing scientific thanblaantpandrin tohis fiedsifB'WO Mhey-have-spent alternative energy sources that could save and refusing to concede the need for conserv ition and ronmental consequences. our children from serious economic and envi member on the Senate Enirnm nC~d Public Sen. Jim Jeffords (I-Vt.), the ranking minoril committee members4 ha s asked the White Works committee, along with several Demoeratic section. Members on both sides of the aisle House for the original drafts of the climate c range at least Aerican people are being misled on a matter are obligated to find out to what extent the as Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. as important to the future security of the nation &nibs p; 3, 2003 Monday The Atlanta Journal and Constitution June Copyright 2003 The Atlanta Journal-Constiution The Atlanta Journal and Constitution
  3. 3. June 23, 2003 Monday Home Edition SECTION: Editorial; Pg. I lA LENGTH: 469 words climate HEADLINE: EQUAL TIME: Nature, not mar, to blam e for warmer BYLINE: ROBERT GREGG SOURCE: For the Journal-Constitution BODY: the groundbreaking research it is true that the American Petroleum Institute helped sponsor But API's role was relatively small. referred to in The New York Times story on Elobal warming. agencies, including NASA, the Most of the funding for the research came fro riseveral federal U.S. Air Force and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. is the critical substance of But focusing on the funding misses the point. Muc h more important Willie Soon and Sallie Baliunas of the research itself, which was done by two en iinent scientists, Mass. the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astroph-sics in Cambridge, between 800 A.D. and 1300 A.D. Their analysis suggests that the world was as warm or warmer --- nature was more important than as in the late 20th century. If that's true --- an Iit appears to be era. cars or coal-fired utilities in causing higher t mperatures in that century was not unusual. They Their work found that the warming experien~ed in the late 20th coral, glaciers and other sources, analyzed 240 separate studies of tree nings, ide cores, stalactites, 1,000 years. including cultural and documentary records going back over surrounding global climate Their conclusions are important because for decade, the debate only during the final change has assumed that significant increase in temperature occurred sour ce of energy for mankind. decades of the 20th century when fossil fuel became the main arm, the International Panel on That has been the conclusion of the United ations' scientific ~ for producing the greenhouse Climate Change, which says that human activity is largely to blame gases that drive temperatures up. of the debate about climate Until now, the United Nations' work has set ~h agenda for much based on a single tree-ring study change. Its report constructed a mathematics l temperature model of data collected mostly from Northern Henjisphere locatio ns. was neither unique nor as ,,B'aliunas and Soon found that warming durijig the 20th century was less than one-tnho eteme as during those earlier simpler time when world population
  4. 4. 4*A wsyet to come. what it is today, and the Industrial Revolution naturally wetr minimal. So, if climate was changing in other words, emissions caused by people not the main do we know that forces of nature are and significantly hundreds of years ago, how causes of climate change today? from chE nge from that possibly caused by emissions And how do we disting uish natural climate f coal to generate electricity.? the internal combustion engine, or the burning i change will help all of us to set the night Intelligent discussion of the science surrounding climate public policies on this highly complex issue. prop ras for the American Petroleum Institute. Robert Greco is director of global climate ****** &nb sp; The Atlanta Journal and Constitution June 231 2003 Monday on Copyright 2003 The Atlanta Journal-Constitut http://www.ajc. corn The Atlanta Journal and Constitution