Getting Warmed Up for Hearings, Hearings, Hearings

By March 18, 2007Global Warming

The brand-new, crafted-for-public-relations House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming has yet to start operations, but nothing halts the hearings express on climate change. Wednesday’s media coverage will no doubt be Al Gore, Al the Time.

House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality hearing, “Climate Change: Perspectives of Utility CEOs.” Invited witnesses include Mike Morris (American Electric Power), Gary Rainwater (Ameren), Jim Rogers (Duke), David Sokol (MidAmerican) and Jeff Sterba (PNM). The hearing will be held March 20, 9:30 a.m. (2123 Rayburn Building).

Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality will hold a joint hearing with the Subcommittee on Energy and Environment of the Committee on Science and Technology entitled “Perspectives on Climate Change.”
9:30 a.m. in room 2123 Rayburn House Office Building
Witnesses: Former Vice President Al Gore and Dr. Bjørn Lomborg, Adjunct Professor, Copenhagen Consensus Center, Copenhagen Business School

FULL COMMITTEE: Vice President Al Gore’s Perspective on Global Warming
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
02:30 PM
SD-106 Dirksen Senate Office Building – SD-106

While the Global Warming Committee has yet to schedule any hearings, or even launched a web page, it does have a new staff director. Chairman Ed Markey, D-MA, announced the appointment of his longtime chief of staff, David Moulton, to the post last week.

BTW, the reference above to the committee’s PR purpose is not cynical at all. Markey states as much. From the Washington Post’s “In the Loop” column:

“I think we can visit Greenland — take the members there to look at it,” the Massachusetts Democrat is saying like a man who was just handed $1.7 million to travel the world, which in fact is pretty close to the deal. “You can see in Greenland . . . that if the huge sheet of ice — huge, massive sheet of ice melts, that the consequences are quite catastrophic.”

Like the atmosphere, he is just warming up. “Our job will be to take these issues and translate them into a language that has political potency and is accessible to the public,” he said.

Huh. Sounds like global warming is 2007’s equivalent of that once-hot, politically potent issue, the Social Security “Lockbox.” Complete with Al Gore.

Whatever happened to the lockbox, anyway?

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  • SwampWoman says:

    Well, I’m so relieved to know that instead of the elected officials paying attention to actual issues that can be cured by legislative action, our tax dollars will be used for people to stare at ice in Greenland. Good grief. You would think that they would be able to stare at domestic ice and make the connection, but noooooooo. Only Greenland ice will do. I hope somebody educates them about the Medieval warm period. I also hope that somebody tells them about the sheets of ice that used to cover North America (ice bad, warm good).