Inhofe Responds to Joint Science Academiesí Statement on Global Response to Climate Change

WASHINGTON, DC ñ Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Chairman of the Environment & Public Works Committee, issued the following statement today in response to the joint science academiesí statement on global response to climate change: ìThere is nothing new in this statement. It touts a 4-year-old Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report that has been roundly criticized and dismissed by a number of climate experts, and then essentially endorses the variety of actions the Bush Administration has already been taking. The obvious question is what has changed since the National Academy of Sciencesí own 2001 report that dismissed a scientific consensus on causation? What new published, peer-reviewed studies, endorsed by the NAS, now exist that justify a contradiction of its own conclusions? The IPCCís Third Assessment Report, published in 2001, relied heavily on the now-discredited hockey stick graph that purported to show a relationship between anthropogenic emissions and a rise in temperatures. The hockey stick was recently repudiated by a peer-reviewed study that exposed mathematical and statistical errors.î Inhofe recently completed a series of four speeches to debunk what he describes as the ìfour pillars of climate change alarmism.î The speeches, delivered on the floor of the United States Senate, addressed the data produced by climate models, examined the recently released international Arctic Climate Impact Assessment report, critiqued the 2001 report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which alarmists have claimed supposedly provides irrefutable evidence of a global warming ìconsensus,î and examined the 2001 National Academy of Sciences report summarizing the latest science of climate change, as requested by the Bush Administration.