Capitol Hill candidates urging inaction on global warming

Mon, 2008-08-25 12:42Kevin Grandia
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Capitol Hill candidates urging inaction on global warming

“The science behind “global warming” doesn't really explain why the past models haven't been accurate, or why there are holes big enough to drive a Mack Truck through in the current models. There is currently no support for the contention that it's caused by humans,” says Republican congressional candidate David Crowley. 

And Crowley is joined by many other wanna-be politicians with their heads firmly planted in the sand when it comes to the realities of human-caused global warming. 

The National Resource Defense Council (NRDC) has a project up and running for the Fall's House of Representatives races asking candidates 5 questions on the environment including one on global warming.

Here's a few of the responses they have received so far: 

CA-33 David Crowley: “The science behind “global warming” doesn't really explain why the past models haven't been accurate, or why there are holes big enough to drive a Mack Truck through in the current models. There is currently no support for the contention that it's caused by humans. This could be just part of the normal cycle of our planet. Until the truth is ascertained, it would be unwise to choose any course of action outside of normal conservation.”


CA-53 Edward Teyssier:
“That human activity is a significant cause of global warming has been soundly rebuked by qualified scientists using sound methodologies. While the earth has undergone numerous cycles of warming and cooling trends there is no indication that human activities, either now or in the past, had a significant effect on these trends.”


ID-Senate Pro-Life (that's really his name): “I am an organic farmer. I am an enviromentalist by nature. I do not, however, believe in global warming caused by pollution. We need to stop pollution for other reasons.”


KS-04 Steven Arthur Rosile: “Evidence developed since 2001 shows that this issue is essentially over. According to David Evans, Australia's chief scientist on climate from 1999 to 2005, there is no observable heat signature in the atmosphere to show that greenhouse gases are responsible for trapping heat and satellite data show Earth's temperature stabilized in 2001 and actually dropped 0.6C in 2007. That is 85% of the 0.7C increase recorded over the previous 100 years.” Google David Evans climate change.”


MO-06 Dave Browning: “At this point I do not believe that the scientific evidence supports the position that global warming if the same exists, is not a function of sun activity rather than human activity. No study I have been made aware of uses mandlebrot mathematics (chaos math) to do its projections. It is a fact that the mathematics of climateology requires the use of chaos mathematics to describe it as it is a chaotic system. The use of liner models is just BUNK.”
MO-07 Kevin Craig: “I haven't seen any evidence of “severe impacts” during the “Medieval Warm Period.” Global warming following the “Little Ice Age” couldn't have been caused by human industrialism. Cutting energy consumption by 20-80% will result in the deaths of hundreds of millions of people without noticeable decline in global warming. Any policy proposal must answer: what are the costs; what are the assured benefits. http://KevinCraig.us/greenhouse.htm<http://KevinCraig.us/greenhouse.htm%C2%B2>
NC-02 Willis Adkins: “The global warming scare has been popularized to benefit big-government politicians, environmentalists, and researchers whose funding is contingent upon endorsing it. Credible scientists do not attribute this as being man-made; even proponents admit that warming stopped nearly a decade ago. While we should all be good stewards of the environment, I don't support crippling our economy and sending manufacturing jobs overseas where CO2 caps will be ignored simply to promote politcal agendas.”


NJ-02 Peter Boyce: “Scientists warn?” Go to www.oism.org/pproject/pproject.htm#36 <http://www.oism.org/pproject/pproject.htm#36>  where 31,000 American scientists signed a petition: “There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gasses is causing,in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth's atmosphere and disruption of the Earth's climate. Moreover, there is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects …”


OR-3 Delia Lopez: “If you look at history you see variations in temperature, from ice ages to times when it has been much warmer than now. The corelation between CO2 and warming has been disproven. Th esun is responsible for most warming. Between 1940 and 1980 when CO2 levels were rising, temperatures were falling. Temperatures have been falling again for 6 years, some scientists are warning of an ice age, again! That was the big fear when I was in school. Then came the hole in the ozone layer.”


OR-5 Douglass Patterson:
“I believe there is a global climate change taking place, which appears to be cyclical every 50-100 years. I doubt very seriously that there is such a thing as the so-called “global warming” event taking place.”


SC-05 Frank Waggoner: “Not all scientist agree with that premise, at least 36,000. We cannot predict what the water vapor levels in the atmosphere going to be ten days from let alone 10 or 12 years. Environmental problems can be better solve through monetary and fiscal policy reform so that manufacturing does not have to depend on large economies of scale and mass production to be competitive.That is a better solution to new and global taxes. I feel that the evironmental movement is more about politics than clean air.”

Luckily, with the exception of two Republican candidates, those who responded with the typical climate denial talking points represent fringe parties and have very little chance of ever being elected. 
 

Comments

Finally, we are beginning to see politicians with the backbone and honesty to speak out against the AGW Hypocrisy.
Bravo, atta boy and good on ya.

Now if Canadian politicians would speak up and tell Dion and his little band of idiots that we won’t stand for the shaft again green or otherwise.

We really could use a “Source Page” on everything thats wrong with the OISM thing.

Thats something thats really missing from Climate Realist’s arsenal.

Starting off with of course that one of the Spice Girls was a signer of the petition.

Perhaps Desmog could cook something like that up?

Here’s a start:

Google
“Oregon petition site:realclimate.org”

“Oregon petition site:scienceblogs.com/deltoid/”

“Oregon petition site:http://rabett.blogspot.com”

“Oregon petition site:desmogblog.com”

Some links, but there are many more.

For the Scientific American analysis of a sample of the signatories.
http://www.ucsusa.org/assets/documents/global_warming/exxon_report.pdf

Read my posts on the petition in:
http://www.desmogblog.com/flawed-oregon-petition-rises-again

http://www.desmogblog.com/infamous-oregon-global-warming-petition-alive-and-well

http://rabett.blogspot.com/2007/10/those-who-dont-remember-history-are.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_petition. http://scienceblogs.com/deltoid/2008/05/oregon_petition_warmed_over.php

I’ll work something up. I have a pretty good summary in our database on Art Robinson, the guy who organized the petition: http://www.desmogblog.com/node/1067

Here’s the excerpt on the Oregon petition - I will make a separate reference page in the next week or so:

The infamous “Oregon Petition”
The Oregon Petition has been used by climate change deniers as proof that there is no scientific consensus, however they fail to note the controversy surrounding the petition itself. In April 1998, Robinson’s Oregon Institute, along with the Exxon-backed George C. Marshall Institute , co-published the infamous “Oregon Petition” claiming to have collected 17,000 signatories to a document arguing against the realities of global warming.

The petition and the documents included were all made to look like official papers from the prestigious National Academy of Science . They weren’t, and this attempt to mislead has been well-documented.

Along with the petition there was a cover letter from Dr. Fred Seitz a notorious climate change denier (and big tobacco scientist), who over 30 years ago was the president of the National Academy of Science. Also attached to the petition was an apparent “research paper” titled: Environmental Effects of Increased Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide. The paper was made to mimic what a research paper would look like in the National Academy’s prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy journal. The authors of the paper were Robinson, Sallie Baliunas, Willie Soon (both oil-backed scientists) and Robinson’s son Zachary. With the signature of a former NAS president and a research paper that appeared to be published in one of the most prestigious science journals in the world, many scientists were duped into signing a petition based on a false impression.

The petition was so misleading that the National Academy issued a news release stating that: “The petition project was a deliberate attempt to mislead scientists and to rally them in an attempt to undermine support for the Kyoto Protocol. The petition was not based on a review of the science of global climate change, nor were its signers experts in the field of climate science.”

Oregon petition and big tobacco
It’s interesting to note that Fred Sietz, the author of the cover letter is also the former medical advisor to RJ Reynolds medical research program. A 1989 Philip Morris memo stated that Seitz was: “quite elderly and not sufficiently rational to offer advice.” However, 9 years later, it seems that he was “sufficiently rational” to lead the charge on Robinson’s Oregon Petition. It also seems that Seitz is still “sufficiently rational” to sit as the Chair of notorious climate change denier, Fred Singer’s, Science and Environmental Policy Project.

Oregon Petition and the Spice Girls
According to the May, ‘98 Associated Press article , the Oregon petition included names that were intentionally placed to prove the invalid methodology with which the names of scientists were collected. The petition included the names of “Drs. ‘Frank Burns’ ‘Honeycutt’ and ‘Pierce’ from the hit-show M*A*S*H and Spice Girls, a.k.a. Geraldine Halliwell, who was on the petition as ‘Dr. Geri Halliwel’ and again as simply ‘Dr. Halliwell.’ ” Of the fake names, Robinson is quoted as saying: “When we’re getting thousands of signatures there’s no way of filtering out a fake.”

1. Name environmental legislation that has overall provided both economic and environmental benefits.
2. Name environmental legislation that has brought net economic and environmental harm.
3. (Bonus) What are differences between the two types of legislation?

A politician who could answer this reasonably and with reference to facts would probably impress me, but I don’t know if such a politician exists.

It seems that the payday loans that the nation is counting on for the economy aren’t even
being read by a lot of Congressmen.  The stimulus bill is a dense document, no doubt imposing for anyone, but that still doesn’t excuse the fact that more lobbyists were given copies than members of Congress.  That’s right folks. How upfront and honest are these politicians who make the decisions on the stimulus bill and on whether or not we get to keep payday loans.  It’s a bit comforting to know that at least payday loans terms are upfront and honest.

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