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White House orders EPA to Remove Global Warming Conclusions from State of the Environment Report

StoryJune 20, 2003
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Original draft concluded that global warming is caused in part by rising concentrations of smokestack and automobile emissions. The final study does not.

"Climate change has global consequences for human health and the environment."

That was one of the conclusions originally included in a forthcoming report by the Environmental Protection Agency of the state of the environment.

But that conclusion appears nowhere in the final report.

The final wording read: "The complexity of the Earth system an the interconnections among its components make it a scientific challenge to document change, diagnose its causes, and develop useful projections of how natural variability and human actions may affect the global environment in the future."

The New York Times yesterday exposed that the White House ordered officials at the EPA to delete several sections that concern global warming and climate change.

The EPA also removed all references to a 2001 report on climate change that was conducted by the National Research Council — the research arm of the National Academy of Science.

  • Jeremy Symons, Manager of the Climate Change and Wildlife Program at the National Wildlife Foundation

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