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Climate politics 2.0

From an editorial Wednesday in the Orange County Register:

John Paul Holdren, senior adviser to President Obama on science and technology, took a star turn Tuesday when he released the administration’s third U.S. National Climate Assessment.

The document is “the most comprehensive and authoritative ever about how climate has been changing in the United States,” said Holdren.

President Obama is ready to roll out his climate action plan, which he originally outlined last June. The central goal of the president’s plan is to ostensibly reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere by mandating reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from burning coal, oil and gas.

The Obama administration insists that its expensive new requirements imposed upon the nation’s coal plants and oil refineries, and its delay in making a decision on Keystone XL, are driven by sound science and meant to reduce the threat climate change poses to the health and well-being of the American people.

But the Cato Institute’s Paul Knappenberger and Patrick Michaels noted that the Obama administration’s National Climate Assessment predicts more heat-related deaths because of climate change. That flies in the face of findings of studies that have concluded the exact opposite.

It stands to reason that, if the administration’s supposed “comprehensive and authoritative” assessment on U.S. climate change is wrong on heat-related deaths, other of the document’s claims may be wrong as well.

We cannot help but conclude that Obama’s coal, gas and oil measures are driven more by politics and less by impartial science.

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