Via the RFF Library Blog.
US Senate, Environment and Public Works Committee Minority Report
[InsideEPA.com, sub. req'd] Senate Environment & Public Works Committee (EPW) Republicans — long opposed to EPA GHG rules — most recently issued a July 25 report, “Critical Thinking on Climate Change: Questions to Consider Before Taking Regulatory Action and Implementing Economic Policies” that rejects the need for the rules [President Obama's second-term climate rules using his authority under the Clean Air Act]…
The EPW Republicans said in a statement issued alongside the report that it “provides an opportunity to think critically and asks important questions about the impacts, policies and motivations related to climate change. The key sections examine the 15-year break in global warming not predicted by the models, the rate of sea level rise, extreme weather events, and the impact that unilateral regulatory action will have on the economy…”
[From the report]…The climate has always and will always be changing, and that is unquestionable. What is in question is the amount of influence human activity has on climate patterns, and this report is intended to provide an opportunity to think critically and review some of the more important global warming predictions made over the last several decades.
…Wildfires have not increased: ‘Historical analysis of wildfires around the world shows that since 1950 their numbers have decreased globally by 15%. Estimates published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences show that even with global warming proceeding uninterrupted, the level of wildfires will continue to decline until around midcentury and won’t resume on the level of 1950—the worst for fire—before the end of the century…’