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Global warming, White House-style according to political cartoonist, John Branch.

EPA Report Generates Its Own Heat

Links to chapters of EPA's new global warming report to the United Nations.

By EV World

President Bush characterized it as just another classic example of bureaucracy at work, while EPA head Christy Todd Whitman claims she never read it. Yet, it didn't take long for the media to find the EPA's 2002 Climate Report not long after the agency quietly posted it on its web site after sending a copy to the United Nations.

What stirred the ire of The White House and the Conservative Right is the fact that for the very first time, the EPA admitted that human activity -- principally in the form of burning fossil fuels -- is contributing to global warming, which will have, according to the report, as yet uncertain but potentially serious economic and environmental consequences for the nation, and the rest of the world.

While conservative talk show host, Rush Limbaugh asked the President, "Tell us it ain't so?", other commentators like Orlando Sentinel's Myriam Marquez stated, "Bush blames bureaucracy as Earth's temperature rises."

In this case, a few much-maligned "bureaucrats" did what they were supposed to, issue a "science-based" report on the impact of climate change on the United States, just as the President had ordered them to. Or as the Boston Globe's Derrick Z. Jackson wrote with tongue-in-cheek, "Score one for the bureaucrats."

We at EV World thought it would be valuable to provide links to the report, so that our readers can see what the hoopla is all about. The links are to EPA's web site, so hopefully, they will remain active for the immediate future.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Zip file of pdf containing entire report (7M)
Entire report (large file size) (11M pdf)
Upfront (247k pdf)  -- Cover page and table of contents.

Chapter 1.  Introduction and Overview (197k pdf) -- Summarizes the main elements of the report.

Chapter 2.  National Circumstances (450k pdf) -- Presents a snapshot of the national characteristics of the United States that play a role in climate change, including the country's climate, geography, economy, demographic trends, energy production and consumption, and natural resources.

Chapter 3.  Greenhouse Gas Inventory (442k pdf) -- Provides a broad overview of all U.S. greenhouse gas emission sources and sinks, introduces key concepts, and discusses the primary drivers for the growth in emissions.  All material in the chapter is drawn from the U.S. Inventory of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks:  1990--1999

Chapter 4.  Policies and Measures (320k pdf) -- Reviews national policies to limit emissions and enhance sinks of greenhouse gases undertaken since 1990.

Chapter 5.  Projections (322k pdf) -- Quantifies the aggregate effects on greenhouse gas emissions of policies and measures implemented or planned from 1990 to 2020.

Chapter 6.  Vulnerability (1.5M pdf) -- Addresses U.S. vulnerabilities to the adverse consequences of climate change and identifies the most promising adaptation measures being explored. The U.S. Global Change Research Program website features an HTML version of this chapterExit EPA enhanced with extensive hyperlinks to related documents and sites.

Chapter 7.  Financial Resources (426k pdf) -- Reviews U.S. efforts with other countries to assist with mitigation and sequestration strategies, build human and institutional capacity to address climate change, and facilitate the commercial transfer of technology.

Chapter 8.  Research and Observation (296k pdf) -- Discusses research efforts involving prediction of climate change, impacts and adaptation, and mitigation and new technologies.  This chapter also provides an overview of U.S. work on Global Climate Observing Systems.Exit EPA

Chapter 9.  Education, Training, and Awareness (269k pdf) -- Addresses programs to educate and train students and citizens in areas related to climate change and reviews U.S. outreach activities to disseminate information about global climate change.

Appendix A:  Emission Trends. (1.9M pdf)

Appendix B:  Policies and Measures. (1.5M pdf)

Appendix C:  Selected Technology Transfer Activities and U.S. Direct Financial Contributions and Commercial Sales Related to Implementation of the UNFCCC. (4.4M pdf)

Appendix D:  Climate Change Science: An Analysis of Some Key Questions. (264k pdf)

Appendix E:  Bibliography. (197k pdf)


http://www.epa.gov/globalwarming/nwinsite.html
http://www.epa.gov/globalwarming/actions/national/index.html
http://www.epa.gov/globalwarming/publications/index.html

Times Article Viewed: 3796
Published: 15-Jun-2002

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