Cato Institute, the right wing think tank co-founded by the Koch brothers, plans to release a document this week that has all the appearances of being a government report on the impacts of climate change in the United States – but of course it is not.

The Cato report, titled: “Addendum: Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States” uses the same cover design, title and fonts as a report issued in 2009 by the US government’s Global Change Research Program titled: Global Climate Change Impacts in the US.

Here’s a side-by-side comparison of the Cato fake report and the US government climate impacts report.

As John Abraham, a professor at the University of St. Thomas, puts it best,

“It’s not an addendum. It’s counterfeit. It’s a continued effort to kick the can down the road: a steady drip, drip, drip of false reports by false scientists to create a false sense of debate.”

Let’s see if any media fall for this obvious ploy to create the appearance of officialdom and real science by the Cato Institute.