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RCEC Email 6.23.03 (b)


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RCEC Email 6.23.03 (b)

  1. 1. .5±2 fl~~~~~~~~~~~~RMS 70 Page 1 of 3 RECORD TYPE: FEDERAL (NOTES NAIL) ( CN=Khary I. Cauthen/OU~CEQ/O=EOP CEQI CREATOR:Khary I. Cauthen 200 3 15:06:35.00 CREATION DATE/TIME;23-JUN- SUBJECT:: Love that they had to make aa industry link---- @ mnet ( @ mnet [UNKNOWN READ: UNKNOWN TEXT: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution Jne 23, 2003 Monday Copyright 2003 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution http: //www. aja. corn The Atlanta Journal and Constitution June 23, 2003 Monday Home Edition SECTION: Editorial; Pg. 10A LENGTH: 640 words on global warming HEADLINE: OUR OPINIONS: Give EPA heat for hiding facts SOURCE: AJC BODY: If Th ere is a dangerous pattern emerginc from the Bush administration: them. the facts don't suit President Bush's policies, distort Public attention has already been foc sed on charges that Bush and his Two aide hyped intelligence on Iraq's we pons of mass destruction. congressional committees are investig ting. Agency report Now comes news that an important Envi onmental Protection facts on global warming --- even facts leaves out critical scientific confirmed by a special study requeste by t he president himself last increase year. That study substantiated the Earth's alarming temperature over the last decade and its major ca se, increased carbon dioxide sources are emissions from the burning of fossil fuels. The biggest automobiles and coal-fired utilities. budget officials The White House Council on Environmental Quality and Bush changed the global warming section of a comprehensive report on the EPA next week. The nation's environmental challenges to be issued by the report was the final contribution of EPA chief Christie Whitman, who is stepping down as agency administrator, issues, Whitman, who came to her post with a good record on environmental the White House continued her habit of turning the ot er cheek whenever She said she is slaps down science in favor of its co-porate oil friends. "comfortable" with the report. the global warming Ironically, Whitman suffered her firs: embarrassment on issue shortly after she was sworn in, when she assured the international commitment to co mmunity that the United States was serious about its the U.S. signature to carbon dioxide reductions, only to have Bush rescind week at the agency, the global warming treaty. It is sad that in her last the departing EPA chief must suffer a similar embarrassment. contribution to Among the deletions were conclusions about the human global warming from the 2001 National Research Council report the White by a United House commissioned (after rejecting similar conclusions Nations panel of scientists) , one that Bush previously endorsed in several to a 1999 study speeches. White House officials also deleted a reference by a respected panel of scientists slowing that global temperatures had over the past gone up sharply in the last decade c mpared with levels 1,000 years. Instead, Bush officials added a reference to a new study, that partly financed by the American Petr leum Institute, questioning conclusion. statement upon Deleted from the report, for example, is even the simple 9/2/2003 file://D:SEARCII_7_9_03 CEQ070_f nh1JhoO3_ceq~txt
  2. 2. Page 2 of 3 consequences for human whi ch scientists agree: "Climate chan e has global with one meant to health and the environment." That stat ment is replaced of the issue and the need obfuscate and confuse; it cites the co plexities were so extensive, to resolve uncertainties. The White Ho se changes according to an April 29 EPA staff memD given to the media by a former EPA accurately official, that the report's climate section "no longer represents scientific consensus on climate change." warming cannot be The president's refu sal to face the facts on global to his friends in Big construed as anything other than blatant pandering facts and refusing to Oil. They have spent years minimizing scientific energy sources that concede the need for conservation and alternative could save our children from serious economic and environmental consequences. on the Senate Sen. Jim Jeffords (I-Vt.), the rankin- minority member Environment and Public Works committe , along with several Democratic the original drafts of committee members, ha s asked the White House for of the aisle are the climate change section. Members or both sides people are being misled obligated to find out to what extent the American security of the nation as on a matter at least as important to the future Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. 9 Monday yThe Atlanta Journal and Constitution June 23, 2003 Copyright 2003 The Atlanta Journal-Comstitution The Atlanta Journal and Constitution June 23, 2003 Monday Home Edition SECTION: Editorial; Pg. 11A LENGTH: 469 words for warmer climate HEADLINE: EQUAL TIME: Nature, not man to blam e BYLINE: ROBERT GRECO SOURCE: For the Journal-Constitution BODY: helped sponsor the It is true that the American Petroleu Institute groundbreaking research referred to ii The New York Times story on global of the funding for the warming. But API's role was relatively small. Most NASA, the U.S. Air research came from several federal agencies, including Administration. Force and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric h more important is the But focusing on the funding misses the point. Muc critical substance of the research itself, which was done by two eminent Harvard-Smithsonian scientists, Willie Soon and Sallie Baliunas of the Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass. or warmer between 800 Their analysis suggests that the world was as warm If that's true --- and it A.D. and 1300 A.D. as in the late 20th century. cars or coal-fired appears to be --- nature was more im ortant than utilities in causing higher temperat res in that era. the late 20th century was Their work found that the warming ex erienced in not unusual. They analyzed 240 separ te studies of tree rings, ice cores, cultural and stalactites, coral, glaciers and oth r sources, including documentary records going back over 1,O00 years. the debate Their conclusions are important beca se for a decade, surrounding global climate change has assumed that significant increases of the 20th century in temperature occurred only during the final decades when fossil fuels became the main so r ce of energy for mankind. scientific arm, the That has been the conclusion of the United Nations' that human activity is International Panel on Climate Chang , which says that drive largely to blame for producing the g eenhouse gases temperatures up. agenda for much of the Until now, the United Nations' work ias set the 9/2/2003 file:/D:SEARCH-7-9-03 CEQ070_f_nhl hoo3 ceq.txt
  3. 3. Page 3 of 3 a mathematical debate about climate change. Tts report constructed temperature model based on a single trae-ring study of data collected mostly from Northern Hemisphere locatio ns. Baliunas and Soon found that warming ring the 20th century was neither unique nor as extreme as during those earlier simpler times when world is today, and the Industrial population was less than one-tenth of what it Revolution was yet to come. minimal. So, if climate In other words, emissions caused by people were of years ago, how do we was changing naturally and significantly hundreds causes of climate change know that forces of nature are not thE main today? from that possibly And how do we disting uish natural climate change caused by emissions from the internal combustion engine, or the burning of coal to generate electricity? climate change will help Intelligent discussion of the science surrounding this highly complex issue. all of us to set the right public policies on programs for the American Robert Greco is director of global climate Petroleum Tnstitute. 2003 Monday yThe Atlanta Journal and Constitution June 23, Copyright 2003 The Atlanta Journal-Coistitution http: //www. aj The Atlanta Journal and Constitution 9/2/2003 file://D:SEARCH 7 9 03 CEQ070 f nh ghOO3 ceq.txt