Competitive Enterprise Institute Petitions EPA to Suspend Proposed CO2 Regs

On October 5, CEI petitioned EPA to reopen its Endangerment Proceeding because of a disclosure by the CRU that it had destroyed the raw data for its data set of global surface temperatures. In our view, this destruction of data was a major breach of scientific standards. It warranted a reexamination of the studies based on that data, and a reopening of the comment period to allow public response to this issue.

In the past two weeks, however, new information has surfaced which casts far greater doubt on the validity of CRU’s work. In the view of many, this information destroys CRU’s reputation entirely. Yesterday, CRU announced that its director, Dr. Phil Jones, was stepping down from his position temporarily while the university conducts an investigation of the released material. If the new material is serious enough to have led to the departure, at least temporarily, of CRU’s director, then for that same reason it justifies EPA calling a regulatory time-out.

In a separate action today, several members of Congress -- Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), ranking member of the House Select Committee on Global Warming and Energy Independence, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wy.), and Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) -- wrote to EPA administrator Lisa Jackson urging her to withdraw the Proposed Endangerment Finding, the Light Duty Vehicle Rule, and the Greenhouse Gas Tailoring Rule until the agency can demonstrate the science underlying these regulatory decisions has not been compromised. The members of Congress also noted that EPA had relied heavily on CRU’s research in the development of the endangerment determination.