Global Warming Fireworks in Congress Today

By March 21, 2007Global Warming

Big doin’s down on Capitol Hill today as movie mogul (and non-scientist) Al Gore will testify before the House and Senate on his favorite theory. Here’s some info you should have.

  • First, here’s a letter from House Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Joe Barton (R-TX) and Rep. Dennis Hastert (R-IL) to Gore, posting some pretty fair questions about his expected testimony.
  • Here’s a link to a letter from Czech President Vaclav Klaus, warning against, “global warming intolerance” (seems like there’s a lot of that around these days) in response to this letter from Rep. Barton.
  • Here’s a link to the prepared testimony from Bjorn Lomborg, author of “The Skeptical Environmentalist,” a famed environmentalist turned skeptic. In it, he says, “Al Gore and the many people he has inspired have good will and great intentions. However he has got carried away and come to show only worst-case scenarios. This is unlikely to form the basis for a sound policy judgment…[I]f we follow Al Gore’s recommendations, we will likely end up choosing very bad policies…”
  • As it turns out, according to this blog post from the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, unlike all the other witnesses, Al Gore did not submit his testimony ahead of time so as not to have it subject to scrutiny and skepticism. Doesn’t seem fair, but then nothing about this issue does.
  • Gore, incidentally, has been challenged to a debate on the topic by Lord Monckton, a former aide to Margaret Thatcher and global warming skeptic. Don’t hold your breath (no pun intended) waiting for Al to take him up on it. Here’s a link to Monckton’s “invitation” to debate.
  • By the way, on the last day of our Public Affairs Conference in Jacksonville yesterday, there was a panel on climate change, featuring representatives from Environmental Defense, the Pew folks, and the Competitive Enterprise Institute. It was a great session, where the panelists debated for well over an hour. At panel’s end, one attendee commented, “I don’t know who to believe.” However, it was very clear from the spirited debate that we are very far from consensus. There was enough information there to support either side’s point of view. But the bottom line is that there sure ain’t consensus, no matter how fiercely it’s asserted.

    In any event, stay tuned and watch the fireworks erupt on Capitol Hill today.