Conservative Business Group Plans to Put Global Warming Science on Trial

August 25, 2009

(ChattahBox)—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a powerful and conservative business lobbying group, plans to demand that the Environmental Protection Agency hold a rare public hearing to put the science of man-made climate change on trial.

The chamber’s bizarre demand arrives as the EPA readies its endangerment finding, proving that man-made, greenhouse gases endangers the health and welfare of the American public.

The business group is using this unusual legal maneuver to battle against upcoming emissions regulations that are a cornerstone of President Obama’s sweeping clean energy policies. The Chamber of Commerce has also spent millions of dollars, of late, to fight against health care reform.

William Kovacs, the chamber’s senior vice president for environment, technology and regulatory affairs, is the front man for the dog and pony show, referring to the demand for a hearing, as “the Scopes monkey trial of the 21st century.” “It would be evolution versus creationism,” said Kovacs adding, “It would be the science of climate change on trial.”

Environmentalists believe the chamber wants to cast doubt on the science of man-made global warming to muddy the political waters for regulation, specifically targeting right-wing Christian fundamentalists to play into their rejection of the science of evolution.

The now famous “Scopes monkey trial” took place in 1925 and began when John Scopes, a Tennessee schoolteacher was charged with teaching evolution against state law. The trial became a test trial, pitting the World Christian Fundamentals Association against the American Civil Liberties Union, with famed lawyers William Jennings Bryan and Clarence waging battle in the courtroom.

Although Scopes was found guilty, the verdict was overturned and the voices of science won out over religious fundamentalism and anti-evolution.

The EPA derides the chamber’s grandstanding, as a “waste of time,” calling the filing for a hearing “frivolous.” EPA spokesman Brendan Gilfillan says the agency based its long overdue endangerment finding “on the soundest peer-reviewed science available, which overwhelmingly indicates that climate change presents a threat to human health and welfare.”

The chamber plans to take its case to federal court, in the event the EPA denies its request for a “global warming ‘scopes’ trial,” which the agency is certain to do.

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