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Scopes Monkey Trial for Global Warming?

If at first you don’t succeed, put your adversaries on trial. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to hold a public trial examining the science behind manmade climate change, in a bid to undermine the Clean Air Act. The Chamber, which represents three million businesses and is the nation’s largest business lobby, wants to avoid federal emissions regulations on carbon dioxide and greenhouse gases that the EPA says contribute to climate change. The EPA is expected to reject the request, at which point the Chamber plans to file a federal lawsuit. William Kovacs, a spokesman for the Chamber, said the trial would be "the Scopes monkey trial of the 21st century,” referring to the 1925 case in which a Tennessee teacher was found guilty of violating a law that banned teaching the theory of evolution, with the trial famously focusing on the legitimacy of the theory itself. “It would be evolution versus creationism,” Kovacs explained. “It would be the science of climate change on trial.”