US court case challenges climate change warning

Pearce, Fred
October 2003
New Scientist;10/11/2003, Vol. 180 Issue 2416, p12
Global climate models are to face the scrutiny of the U.S. courts. A lobby group is taking legal action against the U.S. government for publishing results from one of the world's top climate models that predict sea levels and temperatures in the U.S. will rise. The spat began with the publication of Climate Action Report 2002 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2003. The report warns that climate change is a clear and present threat to the U.S., relying on predictions from a model run by the respected Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research in Great Britain. But this has sparked the ire of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a right-wing lobby group based in Washington D.C. It has accused the EPA of publishing "knowingly fictional" science, and is suing the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy for failing to block the report.


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