U.S. government study finds human-caused climate change real; Bushies unconvinced

A scientific study commissioned by the Bush administration has demolished one of the key arguments of climate skeptics, concluding yesterday that there is no discrepancy in rates of warming at Earth’s surface and in the troposphere. Oh, and also that there is “clear evidence of human influences on the climate system.” This solid, unambiguous conclusion — like every other scientific finding about climate change — has inspired the White House to redouble its commitment to its current policy: more study (this was the first of 21 planned assessments) and voluntary efforts to curb emissions of greenhouse gases. A spokesflack for the White House Council on Environmental Quality said the report made it clear that Bush’s $2 billion-a-year focus on climate monitoring and research was “working.” Um?