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* Summit Information Center Offers Journalists Fact Kits and Experts for the November 2-13 Global Warming Summit in Buenos Aires
* It's Scientists v. Environmentalists
* Interior Alters Website to Erase Babbitt Gaff
* Global Warming Ads Unveiled
* Bill to Bar Funds to Implement Kyoto Treaty Unless It is Ratified Discussed
* USDA Makes Up New "Rights," Imposes Them on Public
* Recent Environmental Releases from The National Center for Public Policy Research



Environmental Policy Task Force Meeting: Activities at the Environmental Policy Task Force meeting chaired by David Ridenour of The National Center for Public Policy Research and sponsored by The National Center for Public Policy Research (202/543-4110).

Summit Information Center Offers Journalists and Policymakers Resources and Experts on the November 2-13 Global Warming Summit in Buenos Aires

David Ridenour announced that The National Center for Public Policy Research will sponsor a "Buenos Aires Global Warming Summit Information Center" to provide information about the November 2-13 global warming summit to journalists and policymakers. The Information Center will publish a fact kit, several papers and a web page, Ridenour said, and offers to connect journalists seeking in-depth information with members of the National Center's 150-member+ database of scientists, economists and environmental experts. Contact David Ridenour at 202/543-4110 or [email protected] for copies of the fact kit or for interviews with experts, or visit the Information Center on the web at http://www.nationalcenter.org/Kyoto.html.

It's Scientists v. Some Environmentalists

Dr. Fred Singer, Ph.D. of the Science and Environmental Policy Project (also former Director, United States Weather Satellite Service; former Professor of Environmental Science of the University of Virginia; former Deputy Assistant Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency) discussed the science behind many environmental issues. "The scientific debate is going very well," Singer said. "[Advocates of sound science] are winning most of the battles." Singer noted in particular that global warming theory advocates had just tried their third attempt to discredit satellite data showing that the earth is cooling slightly. Their attempt is failing among scientists, Singer said. (For an examination of the reasons why, visit http://www.sepp.org/controv/NASAresp.html.) Singer also noted that if the Kyoto global warming treaty were adopted, it would only delay the doubling of CO2 by a couple of years, yet the treaty would have a "horrific" impact on the world economy. Singer also noted that the goal of the climate treaty, as spelled out in Article 2, is to stabilize greenhouse gas levels at "non-dangerous" levels. Problem: No scientist in the world, including the ones who believe in the global warming theory, know what "non-dangerous" levels are. Singer also humorously noted the many ways -- other than temperature readings -- environmentalists are seeking to prove that global warming exists, and commented: "Now that we have thermometers, let's use them." Contact Dr. Singer at 703/934-6940 or [email protected] (http://www.sepp.org).

Interior Alters Website to Erase Babbitt Gaff

Rob Gordon of the National Wilderness Institute (NWI) discussed Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt's May announcement that the endangered species act works (citing the fact that 17 species had been taken off the endangered list as proof), and Interior's subsequent alteration of documents on their website to make it seem as though Babbitt hadn't quite made this claim. The delistings had occurred, as Babbitt claimed, but what Babbitt hadn't said was that 5 of the 17 species were taken off the endangered list because they'd become extinct, 8 because of listing errors and 4 species because they never had existed. After NWI pointed out the real story, Interior backed off, Gordon said, but never issued a public retraction. One thing Interior did do, however, was alter Babbitt's statement on its web site as if the gaff had never happened. Gordon also noted that most of the media ran Babbitt's original but erroneous claims as few media outlets did any research to see if they were accurate. The Chicago Tribune, Jeff Jacoby of the Boston Globe and Ken Smith of the Washington Times were the only ones who were unwilling to be spoon-fed by the Department of the Interior, Gordon said. Contact Rob Gordon at 703/836-7404 or [email protected] (http://www.nwi.org).

 

Global Warming Ads Unveiled

Marlo Lewis of the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) showed participants two new CEI TV commercials on the cost to the American consumer (higher energy prices, possible rationing) if the Kyoto global warming treaty is ratified. Contact Marlo Lewis at 202/331-1010 (http://www.cei.org).

 

Bill to Bar Funds to Implement Kyoto Treaty Unless It is Ratified Discussed

Amanda Barnett of the staff of Rep. Joe Knollenberg (R-MI) discussed Rep. Knollenberg's legislation to bar the use of federal funds from implementing the Kyoto global warming treaty unless and until the Senate ratifies it. Contact Amanda Barnett at 202/225-5802.

 

Family Forum: Activities at the October 20 Family Forum meeting chaired by Mike Schwartz of the office of Rep. Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Amy Ridenour of The National Center for Public Policy Research, and sponsored by Coalitions for America (202/546-3003).

USDA Makes Up New "Rights," Imposes Them on Public

John Holmes of the Association of Christian Schools International shared his discovery that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is enforcing some laws Congress never passed. Specifically, the USDA requires that participants in federal school nutrition programs and other USDA programs -- including religious schools and other religious institutions -- display a poster saying that discrimination is prohibited on the basis of "race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status." But the law, Holmes and other meeting participants said, does not establish "sexual orientation" or "political beliefs" as a protected class. The USDA apparently decided to impose these phantom statutes itself. Holmes encouraged participants to contact members of the House (202/225-2171 or [email protected]) and Senate (202/224-2035 or Committee Chairman Richard Lugar at [email protected]) Agriculture Committees to let them know that the USDA is forcing compliance with a statute the Congress has not approved. Contact John Holmes at 202/546-9390 or [email protected] (http://www.acsi.org).

Recent Environmental Releases from The National Center for Public Policy Research

* NPA #221: Environmentalists Erroneously Cite Government Pork-Barrel Spending as Evidence of Global Warming, 4 pp (http://www.nationalcenter.org/NPA221.html)

* NPA #218: Buenos Aires Conference On Global Warming: Much Ado About Nothing, 11 pp (http://www.nationalcenter.org/NPA218.html)

* NPA #217: Hypocrisy in Buenos Aires: Millions of Gallons of Fuel to be Burned by Those Seeking Curbs on Fuel Use, 2 pp (http://www.nationalcenter.org/NPA217.html)

* NPA #209: The American Fisheries Act: Special Interest Politics at Its Worst, 10 pp (http://www.nationalcenter.org/NPA209.html)

* NPA #206: Don't Like the Weather? Don't Blame it on Global Warming, 9 pp (http://www.nationalcenter.org/NPA206html)

* NPA #203: Sun to Blame for Global Warming, 2 pp (http://www.nationalcenter.org/NPA203.html)

* Buenos Aires Global Warming Summit Information Center Fact Sheet (3 pp) and Internet Global Warming Center (http://www.nationalcenter.org/Kyoto.html)

For copies visit our website at http://www.nationalcenter.org.

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