1. Proposed congressional legislation would cause "significantly higher energy costs."
Fact check » President Barack Obama has previously acknowledged that energy costs would "skyrocket," although by how much ranges from an EPA estimate of $140 per family per year, to $1,500 a year, according to the conservative Heritage Foundation.
2. EPA action would create "significant regulatory and financial burdens ... at a time when the nation's unemployment rate exceeds 10 percent."
Fact check » EPA is waiting for Congress to pass a bill, rather than taking unilateral action. Meanwhile, the Congressional Budget Office estimates that up to 2.3 million jobs will be lost over 20 years under current proposals, while different jobs would also be lost if no legislation is passed.
3. Temperatures have been "level and declining" over the last 12 years.
Fact check » The World Meteorological Organization notes that temperatures can be explained "partially" by the strength of El Niño and La Niña. The BYU scientists also note that the recent, short-term trend is meaningless because climate change analysis -- as opposed to weather -- strictly concerns time periods 30 years or longer.
4. There is a "more direct correlation" between CFCs and temperature changes than there is for CO2, and that CFC regulations from the 1970s could explain the temperature decline listed above.
Fact check » According to the BYU scientists, this conclusion relies on a single paper published last year that contradicts thousands of scientific publications, which is "as illogical as it is irresponsible."
5. The emails hacked from various scientists, known as "Climategate," show that there is "a well organized and ongoing effort to manipulate" temperature data.
Fact Check » The nonpartisan Factcheck.org said that the emails taken from the Climate Research Unit had been "misrepresented," noting, for instance, that no group had relied only on the CRU, but also looked at statistics from groups like NASA. They also note that the infamous "tricks" the emails said scientists used were references to the now-discredited use of tree rings in analyzing temperature change, and not "sneaky manipulations."
6. Climate change "alarmists" have been involved in "a concerted effort" to prevent scientists who disagree with them from publishing their findings.
Fact check » The BYU scientists noted that sometimes the authors of rejected papers blame it on bias rather than "carefully consider[ing] the potential flaws pointed out by the reviewers."
7. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change does no independent research, instead relying on other, global climate researchers.
Fact check »The IPCC relies on a variety of scientists from around the world, including those at NASA. It could be noted that the Legislature does the same thing, relying on the work of outside scientists and not performing their own climate tests.
8. Between the 16th and 19th centuries, a "little ice age" occurred, reducing global temperatures. Increased temperatures today could be a normalization of temperatures after the extended period of low temperatures
Fact check » Some scientists maintain the Little Ice Age supports the belief that humans affect the climate, and that the decimated human population from the Black Plague and the Columbian Exchange led to the global cooling.
9. Scientists, relying on government grants, may be producing results to secure more money
Fact check » Assertion lacks citation of evidence in support.
10. The Copenhagen conference on climate was ineffective and would require the United States giving billions to developing countries.
Fact check » The conference did not result in any agreement that would make the United States compensate other countries.
11. "Current legislation" would damage America's "food security and rural communities."
Fact check » The U.S. Department of Agriculture (the organization cited in the resolution) supported climate change legislation in its most recent analysis of it last summer.
12. "Global governance" would "lock billions of human beings into long-term poverty."
Fact check » The resolution tries to tie poverty statistics from the World Health Organization to the dangers of global initiatives to combat climate change. This is misleading, because even though the statistics are accurate, the WHO never suggests the statistics are either caused by current climate change rules or that they would be made worse by international attempts to fight climate change. WHO is actually supportive of efforts to fight climate change, and suggests that climate change, if left unaddressed, could create more poverty and food shortages.
1 - http://www.factcheck.org/2009/05/cap-and-trade-cost-inflation/
2 - http://epa.gov/climatechange/
3 - http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/20/AR2009032003191.html
4 - http://www.epa.gov/ozone/title6/phaseout/hcfc.html
5 - http://www.factcheck.org/2009/12/climategate/
6 -- (not addressed yet)
7 -- (Common sense)
8 - http://ams.allenpress.com/perlserv/?request=get-document&doi=10.1175%2FEI157.1&ct=1
9 -- (not addressed yet)
10 -- True
11 - http://www.usda.gov/oce/climate_change/index.htm
12 - http://www.who.int/topics/climate/en/
-- Christian Vanderhooft and Judy Fahys