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Published August 1, 2009

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“There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth’s atmosphere and disruption of the Earth’s climate.”

We applaud your courage in standing up for sound science in a debate that seems far more driven by the convenience of politics … and we have added your names to the complimentary mailing list for Environment & Climate News. Our total circulation now stands at approximately 75,000.

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Indeed, one of the most significant recent developments in environmental science and public policy is the growing importance of state and local governments. With increasing frequency, pivotal environmental issues are being debated and addressed at the state and local level rather than, or in addition to, the federal level.

For example, many states have responded to sensationalist claims about global warming by passing laws restricting carbon dioxide emissions or mandating the production of wind and solar power. Millions of U.S. citizens are feeling the economic pain of unnecessary carbon dioxide restrictions imposed by state and local governments … a pain that will only be made worse by restrictions the federal government is considering, as we discuss in this issue’s article addressing the Waxman-Markey cap-and-tax bill.

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James M. Taylor
Managing Editor
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