A recent study claims big industry has increased carbon dioxide levels in the earth's atmosphere to historic levels. However, a revised reading over the weekend showed CO2 levels did not break the milestone 400 parts per million.
Alex Smith with the Texas Oil & Gas Association argues not only did the study conflict with the federal government's own findings, the lead researcher is known to skew the facts.
“It was revealed that he and some of his colleagues who are on the far left of this issue have manipulated some of the data and even tried to sensor those who disagreed with their theories,” Smith tells KTRH News.
Smith says this is yet another example of confusing information coming from the Obama administration.
“The Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is giving you data showing an increase in carbon emissions, and the EPA and Energy Information Administration is showing a decrease over the last 10 years,” he says.
Environmentalists still argue its the rate of rising carbon emissions that is more important, insisting the burning of fossil fuels has pushed levels up 22 points from a decade ago.
Critics argue more carbon dioxide is good, leading to a longer planting season in some parts of the world, and a more robust food supply.