Fake ‘Addendum’ by Libertarian Group Tries to Undo Federal Climate Report

Yeah, the Cato Institute is clearly honest. 

Douglas Fischer reports for the Daily Climate:

A new “addendum” to be released as soon as this week purports to update with the latest science a 2009 federal assessment on the impacts to the United States of climate change.

The addendum matches the layout and design of the original, published by the U.S. Global Change Research Program: Cover art, “key message” sections, table of contents are all virtually identical, down to the chapter heads, fonts and footnotes.

But the new report comes from the libertarian Washington, D.C.-based Cato Institute. And its findings – that science is questionable, the impacts negligible and the potential policy solutions ineffective – are more a rebuke than a revision of the original report and of accepted science both then and today.

“It’s not an addendum. It’s a counterfeit,” said John Abraham, an associate professor at the University of Saint Thomas in Minnesota who studies clean power sources. “It’s a continued effort to kick the can down the road: A steady drip, drip, drip of fake reports by false scientists to create a false sense of debate.”

The 2009 assessment, titled Global Change Impacts in the United States, was presented to Congress as the federal government’s best assessment of the science and potential impacts. It is part of an ongoing effort by the National Climatic Data Center to assess the state of climate change science.

The Cato Institute bills its report as a “primary reference and a guidepost for those who want to bring science back into environmental protection.” In the introduction to a review copy obtained by DailyClimate.org, Cato president Ed Crane wrote that  the effort “grew out of the recognition that the original document was lacking in scope and relevant scientific detail.”

The Cato report does its share of omitting, however, as well as selectively picking data and reviving long-discredited data and arguments…

Read more here.

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  • alizardx

    Cato is funded by Koch Industries, which is heavily invested in fossil fuel assets.

  • Sarcasmo

    Libertarian group? Come on Disinfo, you’re supposed to do better than that. Do some research before you slap the name “libertarian” on things. Cato’s research is funded by big oil anyway. Go to minute 7 of this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DI5KiXihvg4&feature=player_embedded

    • Andrew

      First of all, the headline is Climate Daily’s, not Disinfo’s. Second, the Cato Institute calls themselves libertarian and not conservative, as is mentioned at the end of the article. Third, the fact that they’re funded by big oil doesn’t preclude them from being libertarian.

      Good video, though.

      • alizardx

        I heard a while ago that there was a big fight at the Cato Institute between the actual Libertarians and the backers who wanted to use the Cato brand to support the Koch Party Line … and that the money won. Koch Industries is a big collector of government subsidies. Libertarian indeed!

        I’m not a Libertarian, so my reaction was the same as my reaction to people inside the Apple “walled garden” aka “invisible cage”… stand outside and pitch in peanuts at the inmates.

        • Three Pipe Problem

          That is correct, the Cato institute has essentially gone through a hostile takeover by neocons. Neocons love to call themselves libertarians, right in between authorizing bombing runs and writing blank checks. But they aren’t.

      • Sarcasmo

        ok, fair enough.

    • rtb61

      Libertarian equals freedom to lie for profit, caveat emptor, a regulation free the consumer as a sucker environment. Sorry but that’s just the reality of libertarianism.

      • Sarcasmo

        it also mean the freedom for consumers to call bullshit, which is how free markets work. If consumers don’t want to bail out banks, they can call bullshit, and not be thrown in jail for protesting.

        • Jin The Ninja

          the fact a libertarian thinks of them self as a consumer, rather than a sovereign, autonomous person is troubling.

      • http://twitter.com/WarWithEastasia warwitheastasia

        Lying for profit (in many if not most instances) constitutes fraud, prohibitions against which are supported by libertarians. If someone gets your money through lies or trickery, a libertarian society would provide you criminal & civil recourse. Libertarianism, strictly defined, does not take explicit positions on many environmental issues. There are plenty of libertarians who advocate property rights/tort law-based environmental protections, and plenty who advocate macro-level, gov’t-run schemes. Its all a matter of internalizing the externalities, and there are plenty of means by which to do that. Within libertarianism, the question is, “is protection from pollution a public good, a private property matter, or should we just geo-engineer our way out of it?” And there’s as much diversity of opinion on this issue within libertarianism as there is in, say, the democratic party circa 2012.

      • http://twitter.com/WarWithEastasia warwitheastasia

        Lying for profit (in many if not most instances) constitutes fraud, prohibitions against which are supported by libertarians. If someone gets your money through lies or trickery, a libertarian society would provide you criminal & civil recourse. Libertarianism, strictly defined, does not take explicit positions on many environmental issues. There are plenty of libertarians who advocate property rights/tort law-based environmental protections, and plenty who advocate macro-level, gov’t-run schemes. Its all a matter of internalizing the externalities, and there are plenty of means by which to do that. Within libertarianism, the question is, “is protection from pollution a public good, a private property matter, or should we just geo-engineer our way out of it?” And there’s as much diversity of opinion on this issue within libertarianism as there is in, say, the democratic party circa 2012.

  • Marklar_Prime

    As federal is a synonym for fake what we have here is a fake addendum to a fake report, yeehaw.

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