Thursday, July 29, 2010

EPA rejects petitions to reverse its 2009 decision to regulate CO2 as a pollutant

The states of Virginia and Texas, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other groups petitioned the EPA to reverse it's December 2009 decision to regulate CO2 as a pollutant. Not only did EPA completely dismiss the Climategate scandal, they are claiming global warming is getting worse.
The petitions to reconsider EPA’s Endangerment Finding claim that climate science cannot be trusted, and assert a conspiracy that invalidates the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and the U.S. Global Change Research Program. After months of serious consideration of the petitions and of the state of climate change science, EPA finds no evidence to support these claims. In contrast, EPA’s review shows that climate science is credible, compelling, and growing stronger.

Here is the Monthly Mean Surface Temperature Anomaly chart for 1996~2010 from NASA GISS. Does this look like global warming is "growing stronger" or stalled out since 1998?

One of the reasons EPA cited for continuing belief in global warming was loss of Arctic sea ice. However, that isn't a representation of the entire Earth's temperature. A better gauge is Global Sea Ice Area. Here is a chart from the University of Illinois' The Cryosphere Today. Do you see clear evidence of global warming?


thom delahunt said...

i bet the mean temp graph has a positive slope to it.

thom delahunt said...

an article that conservatives need to read: