Heartland Institute Press Release

The New York Times this week posted a draft of a climate science report by the federal government’s U.S. Global Change Research Program. The Timesclaimed it was leaking a confidential document, but apparently the draft was available for public comment for months.

The report, which you can read here, was written by Obama-era staffers and predictably claims “evidence for a changing climate abounds, from the top of the atmosphere to the depths of the oceans.” It also states, “many lines of evidence demonstrate that human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse (heat-trapping) gases, are primarily responsible for recent observed climate change.”…

It appears the deep state in Washington is at it again. Unfounded scare tactics from a report not yet released? Early release is usually used to elicit comments and corrections from the scientific community and public. Never mind the underlying data have been compromised, cherry-picked to add to the distortions. Even just the start year for their ‘trend’ is questionable. I lived through the 1980s and they weren’t anything special; what’s wrong with the ‘30s? Oh yea, it would not show any warming.

Worse, there will be louder cries to ‘do something’ likely meaning more mandates for consumers and more money for climate scientists. Yet nary a word about what’s actually reducing greenhouse gases better than heavy handed government: the free market. It’s outperforming government in all metrics. Maybe the alarmists and statists ought just leave well enough alone.

Tom Tanton
Director of Science and Technology Assessment
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