On his web site, Dr. Alan Carlin posted his remarks upon acceptance of the Climate Science Whistleblower Award. Carlin tried to fight from within the EPA that EPA “finding” on greenhouse gas emissions, particularly carbon dioxide (CO2), endangers human health and welfare (Endangerment Finding). He thought it was based on bad science. He was promptly muzzled. So much for the most transparent Administration ever. This highly questionable “finding” provides the EPA with the justification to severely regulate power plants, expanding its powers without Congressional action.
Carlin states: “So what started out as a scientific issue concerning a proposed Endangerment Finding has now escalated into a major legal and even Constitutional issue concerning Presidential powers. The President roams the country calling us “flat-earthers” and science-deniers. Perhaps it is time to characterize his behavior as illegal and even dictatorial.”
“I wrote my negative comments on the Endangerment Finding support document because I believed EPA was using bad science and that EPA’s proposed Endangerment Finding would be easier to stop at that stage than later. But it is very encouraging to find that others agree with my decision to do so, which EPA clearly did not. My offending comments to EPA led to my being immediately muzzled at the same time that Obama was spinning his transparency and scientific integrity line.”
According the current EPA director, EPA is unable to deliver the methods and documents used to make its “finding” and she threatens to “get” those who oppose EPA policy. Secret science. This past week, ridiculously, EPA announced in the Federal Register its intention to garnish wages of individuals who break EPA’s religious edicts. I suppose we should expect incantations, crucifixions, alms, and flowing green robes.
In the real world, since satellite measurements started measurements in 1979, the temperature trend is +0.069 ºC per decade between 20º S and 20º N, and this includes the obvious anomaly, i.e. the temperature spike of the El Nino. Although extrapolation is risky, such a trend would result in an increase in temperatures of +0.69 ºC or +1.24 ºF between 20º S and 20º N by 2113. The trend is basically one degree F in one hundred years. Such a temperature increase is hardly cause for alarm and does not justify draconian measures to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
– I apologize in advance to Ken Haapala, Science and Environmental Policy Project for my abbreviated and edited comments