May 2003 Environment & Climate News

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May, 2003
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The May issue of Environment & Climate News reports on the hydrogen R&D funding debate, the status of President George W. Bush’s energy proposal, and the Department of Transportation’s decision to tighten fuel economy mandates--a move that won’t decrease fuel consumption or our reliance on imported oil, but will increase highway fatalities.

On climate change, E&CN reports private-sector pledges to reduce voluntarily greenhouse gas emissions. Jay Lehr and Richard Bennett offer the first in a three-part primer on climate change, and we report a threat by seven Democratic state attorneys general to sue EPA to compel it to regulate carbon dioxide as a pollutant. Bob Adams of the American Legislative Exchange Council summarizes ALEC’s recently released guidebook addressing state efforts to regulate greenhouse gas regulation.

Also in this issue:

  • A leading statistician challenges the warming scenarios used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, saying “The unprofessional use of statistics to make exaggerated statements ... places at risk the status of the IPCC as an objective and policy-neutral body.”
  • In a report issued by the American Council on Science and Health, former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop warns public policies based on junk science fail to protect children and in fact endanger them, by diverting attention from more important risks.
  • A report issued by the Sustainable Washington Advisory Panel, lauded by Governor Gary Locke, was overwhelmingly rejected by experts in Washington State and beyond.
  • And more: EPA and the Army Corps attempt to redefine “wetland”; EPA regulations impede oil-spill cleanups; Lake Michigan fishing best in decades; a panel of the DC Court of Appeals rejects efforts by nine Democratic state attorneys general to delay implementation of New Source Review reforms; and the Cato Institute’s Jerry Taylor doubts whether the war with Iraq has anything to do with access to the Iraqi oil reserves.

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