Climategate II: Scientists pushed to hide data
By Chris Stirewalt
CLIMATEGATE II: SCIENTISTS PUSHED TO HIDE DATA - Emails leaked to the AP show the U.S. and other governments pushed scientists preparing a new UN climate report due out next week to omit or downplay evidence that the earth’s atmosphere has stopped warming for the past 15 years.
From the wire - “Germany called for the reference to the slowdown to be deleted, saying a time span of 10 to 15 years was misleading in the context of climate change, which is measured over decades and centuries. The U.S. also urged the authors to include the ‘leading hypothesis’ that the reduction in warming is linked to more heat being transferred to the deep ocean.”
Bad timing for new coal regs - The Obama administration is expected today to announce new climate rules which industry leaders say will cripple the use of coal in America and cause electricity rates to skyrocket. The EPA is expected to release its long-awaited greenhouse gas standards for future power plants. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will deliver remarks on President Obama’s climate change policies today at a National Press Club breakfast.
The takeaway - President Obama is back on the campaign trail today, taking his pitch for a debt bump and increased spending to Ford’s Kansas City Stamping Plant, where he is expected to again denounce Republican resistance to his plan. But news that his administration will be pushing restrictive new global-warming regulations won’t play well with residents of Missouri or Kansas, to say nothing of the union workers he is trying to rally to his cause. AP’s revelation that his government sought to downplay potentially damaging findings for Obama’s climate agenda will only make things worse.