Thursday, May 06, 2010

Sensenbrenner picks a fake-expert as the GOP's sole expert in global warming hearings.

Oh, and it's way better than that. Our own Representative Sensenbrenner picked him -- a perfect alliance of Republican, Americans for Prosperity, the Koch Family, and of course, the global warming denial industry.

Rep. James Sensenbrenner, the Ranking Minority Member of the committee, chose Monckton as the Republican’s sole witness at the hearing.

Of all the people in the world the GOP could call to testify, they chose Christopher (not-really-a-Lord) Monckton, a non-scientist with a diploma in journalism studies and a knack for tramplingGodwin’s Law of Nazi Analogies.

Monckton called American college students advocating for clean energy the “Hitler Youth” and “Nazis” during his crazed rampage at the Americans For Prosperity event at the Copenhagen climate summit. Monckton repeated the "Hitler Youth" comments directly to me in an interview the following day, and then took it way too far when he told Jewish student Ben Wessel, whose grandparents escaped the Holocaust, “I am not going to shake the hand of Hitler youth.” Despiteextensive video evidence, Monckton went on to lie to the Associated Press, claiming that he never uttered those words.

At the Tax Day Tea Party in D.C. last month, Monckton opened his speech with a 'joke' suggesting that President Obama was born in Kenya. Monckton previously called President Obama a“monster” during his speech at a GOP fundraiser in Wisconsin, which followed another of his paid appearances for Americans for Prosperity.

In a 1987 article for the American Spectator titled the The Myth of Heterosexual AIDS, Monckton wrote that:

.... there is only one way to stop AIDS. That is to screen the entire population regularly and to quarantine all carriers of the disease for life. Every member of the population should be blood-tested every month ... all those found to be infected with the virus, even if only as carriers, should be isolated compulsorily, immediately, and permanently.

Thanks Jim. You just keep making things easier on everyone.


James Dionne said...

I wonder why he just didn't ask Jim Ott to do it?

Free Lunch said...

Of course he picked a blowhard who has no scientific credentials. If he picked a real scientist, he would have to suffer through a scientific explanation of why the AGW deniers are repeating falsehoods paid for by Koch Industries and other oil & gas and coal lobbying efforts.

Kevin Scheunemann said...

So the global warming high priest, Al Gore, is a scientist?

Isn't he worried his new sea side mansion is going to be underwater?

Or was that all hot air for Al Gore to get a better Real Estate deal?

Mpeterson said...

Gore actually called hearings at which scientists appeared... you were probably only about 10 at the time, but I remember them pretty clearly. Real scientists, real concern.

The rest of this has become a marketing war funded by billionaires. Science and the truth always lose to good marketing.

And here you are supporting the Koch Brothers. Have they been buying Dairy Queen stock? Or are you just praying for warmer weather to boost sales? :^)

DanBack said...

I take back what I said about wanting to hear "Kevin's" "opinion".

CFACT EU (-Ed) said...

Rather than attack Lord Monckton personally you should evaluate his testimony on the merits.

Mpeterson said...

Thank you for the link CFACT...

And you're quite right about the ad hominum. It was a convenience.

As for Monckton's "report," it's hooey.

Probably the most damning thing about it is that the Republicans either couldn't or wouldn't bring in a single scientist to testify.

But his fake-Lordship seems also to have intentionally misread the IPCC data and confused their projected increase in short wave radiation with what's called 'radiative forcing.'

He miscalculated -- and not just misinterpreted, but simply did the math wrong -- the rate of forcing from possible albedo change.... and his comments on levels of CO2 in the ocean depend on his not understanding (and on Congress not understanding) the degree to which ocean layers do and do not mix with each other.

He's been making up his own data for CO2 projections in his other recent statements and, most interesting, has also been simply fudging what the IPCC has actually reported.

For starters.

So, let's let the scientists do their work, take their best advice, and figure out what to do next.