In what one of our colleagues calls, “shrapnel” i.e., fallout from last November’s elections, there are a spate of Congressional hearings on climate change. This week alone, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a hearing on Tuesday on EPA oversight and yesterday on “Global Warming and Wildlife.” The Senate Commerce Committee had a hearing yesterday as well on “Climate Change Research and Scientific Integrity.” Right — remember all these scientists you see on the news have been intimidated. Today the House gets in the act with a hearing on “The State of Climate Change Science 2007,” in the Science and Technology Committee. This is all just so much motion, not progress, jumping on the hysteria bandwagon.
Don’t expect any of these hearings to call on astrophysicist Nir Shariv, one of Israel’s top scientists, who has gone from global warming adherent to skeptic after much research. “Like many others, I was personally sure that CO2 is the bad culprit in the story of global warming,” says Dr. Shariv, “But after carefully digging into the evidence, I realized that things are far more complicated than the story sold to us by many climate scientists or the stories regurgitated by the media.” Or the Congress. He laments the lack of hard data, citing “circumstantial evidence” in its place. He echoes the findings of others that solar activity can explain a large part of warming — not greenhouse gases.
Here’s a link to a Canada Post story on Dr. Shariv and his work. Maybe some sharp-eyed reader on Capitol Hill interested in balance will invite him to testify in the next batch of hearings which are sure to come.
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