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May 13th, 2009 at 10:43 am

EPA hearing on CO2, the”greenhouse gas”

The sun has been in a such deep solar minimum for the last three years that old sparky has confused and confounded most solar physicists. Not since 1913 has the sun been in such a persistent quiet cycle. Throughout history, a quite sun had been coincidentally marked periods of great global cooling and Arctic temperatures in areas we normally expect moderate climates. We are headed there again.

Yet while the real science of climate change is rapidly making mockery of the CO2 is a pollutant argument. True believers at EPA think CO2 is causing of global warming, the Obama administration is hell bent on regulating CO2 and passing a carbon tax and trade system. At a Senate hearing [yesterday], Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) grilled Lisa Jackson on the OMB memo. During today’s EPW Committee hearing, Senator Barrasso asked EPA administrator Lisa Jackson about a “smoking gun” OMB Memo on the Serious Economic Impact Likely From EPA CO2 Rules.

Senator Barrasso continues his comments in the Heritage foundation BLOG.

Guest Blog: Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) Uncovers EPA Deception

Read the memo.

“This is a smoking gun,” Barrasso said, accusing the EPA of making the finding for political reasons.

Jackson responded that the finding was based on science and a Supreme court ruling that said CO2 was a pollutant. Lisa Jackson said, “This ruling was in no way politicized.”

This excerpt is from the memo:

An EPA finding last month that greenhouse gases are a danger to public health rests on dubious assumptions and could have negative economic impacts, a memo from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) warned.

The memo has no listed author but is marked “Deliberative–Attorney Client Privilege.” A spokesman for OMB told Dow Jones Newswires that the brief is a “conglomeration of counsel we’ve received from various agencies” about the EPA finding, the conclusions of which would trigger regulation of greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.

The author(s) of the memo suggest the EPA did not thoroughly examine the relationship between greenhouse gases and human health.

“In the absence of a strong statement of the standards being applied in this decision, there is concern that EPA is making a finding based on…’harm’ from substances that have no demonstrated direct health effects,” the memo says, adding that the “scientific data that purports to conclusively establish” that link was from outside EPA.

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