There’s no intrigue in Washington — or in scientific circles — like a scandal over a report.
The original report was called “Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States,” and it was printed with a blue cover that featured an image of North America. The Cato report, now in draft form, is called “ADDENDUM: Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States,” and its cover is nearly identical to the original report. (Check out the side-by-side images at bit.ly/reportcovers
Hey, they say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
Nevertheless, the scientists, whose work was done under the auspices of the U.S. Global Change Research Program, are irked. Pocket protectors are flying.
“We are dismayed that the report of the Cato Institute . . . expropriates the title and style of our report in such a deceptive and misleading way,” they wrote in a joint statement. “The Cato report is in no way an addendum to our 2009 report. It is not an update, explanation, or supplement by the authors of the original report. Rather, it is a completely separate document lacking rigorous scientific analysis and review.”
“Their conclusions that future climate change will be benign, if not beneficial, and easily adapted to, diverge markedly from our Committee’s view regarding the seriousness of the risks,” the scientists say.
Cato maintains that there’s no conspiracy or attempt to mislead readers afoot. The similarities (and calling the report an “addendum”) were meant to illustrate that they believed the 2009 document was incomplete, says Patrick Michaels, the report’s principal author.
“I’m amused that the authors feel the need to state the obvious, and that many of my colleagues on climate issues are casting this as some kind of attempt at counterfeit,” Michaels says. “The use of the Cato Institute name and logo throughout the product ought to have been a clue.”
Seems this controversy’s not going to cool down anytime soon.
The eyes are upon them
Looks as though somebody didn’t get that memo about not messing with Texas.
After learning that observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe might be in the Lone Star State on Nov. 6, Texas Attorney General
offered a not-so-warm greeting: You’re not welcome round these parts.
In a letter, he noted that the observers had no jurisdiction. In a tweet, as reported by the Dallas Observer, he was more succinct. “UN poll watchers can’t interfere w/ Texas elections. I’ll bring criminal charges if needed. Official letter posted soon. #comeandtakeit.”