Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) had a little fun with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, Wednesday, as she testified before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on the fiscal year 2016 EPA budget.
Specifically, he presented her with data that contradicts the propaganda that climate alarmists like her deploy to justify spending hundreds of billions of dollars. Stunningly, as Sessions presented her with the facts, McCarthy refused to admit that climate models have been wrong, predictions have been way off, and extreme weather “pattern” claims have been grossly exaggerated.
Sessions: “When we go to our states, the group we have the most complaints about from our constituents—whether it’s highway people, whether it’s farmers, whether it’s energy people—is the Environmental Protection Agency. It’s an [agency of] extraordinary overreach. And you apparently are unaware of the pushback that’s occurring in the real world… So now you say that we’ve got a crisis and there are dangers out there. Let me ask you this. There was an article from Mr. [Bjorn] Lomborg… from the Copenhagen Institute. He says, along with Dr. Pielke from Colorado, that we’ve had fewer droughts in recent years. Do you dispute that?”
McCarthy: “I don’t know in what context he’s making statements like that…”
Sessions: “What about hurricanes. Have we had more or less hurricanes in the last decade?” …
McCarthy: “In terms of landing those hurricanes on land, I cannot answer that question. It’s a very complicated issue.”
Sessions: “It’s not complicated on how many have landed. We’ve had a dramatic reduction in the number. We’ve gone a decade without a hurricane [Category] 3 or above…
Unable to speak to the hurricane issue, she did offer that she has “plenty of evidence – factual evidence from scientists who know this issue – that climate change is happening – it’s real – it’s happening now, and we need to take action to address it.”
“Well of course the climate is changing, Miss McCarthy!” Sessions interjected.
Sessions: Would you acknowledge that over the last 18 years, that the increase in temperature has been very little, and that it is well below, matter of fact 90 percent below most of the environmental models that showed how fast temperature would increase?” …
McCarthy: “I do not know what the models actually are predicting that you are referring to…”
Sessions: “This is a stunning development, that the head of the Environmental Protection Agency—who should know more than anybody else in the world, who is imposing hundreds of billions of dollars in cost to prevent this climate temperature increase—doesn’t know whether their projections have been right or wrong.”
Watts Up With That: In defense of a scientist in the humble quest for truth:
The recent campaign of concerted assaults on Dr Soon’s reputation
By Christopher Monckton of Brenchley
Recently the Boston Globe, The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Guardian,Scientific American and even Nature, as well as many other media outlets and environmentalist weblogs, have mounted what appears to be a costly, malevolent and carefully coordinated campaign of assaults on the reputation of Dr Willie Soon, falsely alleging that in several of his published scientific papers he had failed to disclose that some of the funding for his research has come from fossil-fuel interests.
This campaign of libels was calculated to damage Dr Soon’s reputation, to undermine the credibility of his research results, and to threaten his employment at the Center for Astrophysics by improperly suggesting that he has acted unethically and dishonestly. I propose to knock the worst of these libels on the head. This will be a long read, but well worth it.