The Global Change Research Act of 1990 requires the federal
to publish climate-change research plans every three years, and
assessment reports every four years. Both are now overdue.
The research plan is one year overdue, and the assessment
report is three years overdue.
On 21 August 2007, a federal judge ruled that the Administration was
violating the law, despite their claim that compliance was “discretionary.”
The case was: Center for Biological Diversity v. Brennan, 4:06-cv-7062,
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (Oakland).
for Biological Diversity is pleased with the outcome:
“This administration has denied
suppressed the science of global warming at every turn,” said
Brendan Cummings of the Center for Biological Diversity, one of the
attorneys arguing the case. “Today’s ruling is a
stern rebuke of the administration’s head-in-the-sand
approach to global warming.”