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Representative Ed Whitfield

Representing the 1st District of Kentucky

Whitfield Blasts Use of False Science in Copenhagen

Dec 15, 2009
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Working to ensure the American people have the facts and accurate information they need to make informed decisions about the true impacts of climate change, U.S. Representative Ed Whitfield criticized former Vice-President Al Gore today for exaggerating scientific findings on the world stage at the United Nation’s Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen yesterday.

“While sound science may be an ‘inconvenient truth’ for Al Gore, it is not for the American people who will feel the real effects of capping carbon emissions through job losses and higher electricity rates,” Whitfield said. “Misrepresenting scientific research to support one’s own personal beliefs, particularly on an international stage, is dangerous, disingenuous and simply unacceptable. I call on Mr. Gore to come clean about the real science surrounding climate change and let the American people come to their own conclusions on global warming.”

Leaders from around the world are currently meeting to discuss the cause and impact of climate change at the U.N. Climate Change Conference. Yesterday, Gore gave a speech at the Conference where he said that new science suggests there is a 75 percent chance that the Arctic Ocean might be nearly ice-free in the summertime as early as 2014. However, the scientist who Gore claims made this prediction denies such a timetable and says he is unsure how Gore arrived at this conclusion.

Gore has been a longtime advocate for curbing carbon emissions and has been warning of the dangers of global warming for several years. Critics have accused Gore of fear mongering and misrepresenting scientific findings in the past. They have also noted that Gore has large investments in green energy companies.

This news comes on the heels of recent findings that some scientists have been suppressing important scientific information regarding climate change. Email messages and documents were discovered from climate change researchers at a British university last month which seem to many to indicate that some in the scientific community may have been overstating the human influence on climate change. In light of these findings, Whitfield has called for additional research to be done and for the U.S. Congress to reevaluate climate change legislation which could have a devastating impact on the economy and increase electricity rates in Kentucky by as much as 65 percent.

Whitfield has long been concerned about the impact a cap and trade program would have on citizens across the country, and in Kentucky in particular. Such a proposal could force Kentuckians to pay sky high energy costs during an economic crunch while crippling the Commonwealth’s coal industry. While climate change legislation, which Whitfield opposed, passed in the House this past summer, further action is awaiting in the Senate.