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July 17, 2013 - 9:01 pm

Senate Republicans plan to drop a report on Sen. Barbara Boxer’s (D-Calif.) climate change hearing Thursday highlighting flaws in the methodology used by the federal government to assert that the globe is catastrophically warming.

The Environment and Public Works Committee hearing titled “Climate Change: It’s Happening Now” includes two panels of research scientists and witnesses from environmental and industry groups.

The GOP report notes numerous examples of how actual temperatures have failed to meet the predictions put forth by models used by the president and his agencies to push climate-change policies. “The American public should be deeply troubled to learn that EPA is actively working to increase energy prices based on predicted global temperature increases without first undertaking efforts to determine if temperatures are actually increasing to the extent predicted by the climate models they are using,” the report states.

“If the computer models and predictions have been inaccurate, why is our federal government relying on these models to take unilateral action? If global warming has been ‘worse than predicted,’ why won’t the federal government provide the data supporting this claim? As it continues to be recognized that the Earth has not warmed for the past 15 years, will we see the term ‘global warming’ abandoned and replaced in its entirety by ‘climate change?’ Given that many of these models predicted warming trends well before China surpassed the United States as the largest GHG emitter, and given the fact that emissions continue to grow at a pace beyond what was originally incorporated into the models, shouldn’t the warming be far worse than what was predicted in the worst case scenarios rather than well below predictions?”

On rising sea levels, the report notes “the United Nations has already made their 2005 prediction disappear.”

“According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), data indicates that sea levels rose only 1.1 – 1.3 mm/year from 2005-2012,” the report continues. “A further review of the science shows that the rate of sea level change has been found to be larger in the early part of last century (2.03 ± 0.35 mm/yr 1904–1953), in comparison with the latter part (1.45 ± 0.34 mm/yr 1954–2003).”

This led the Senate EPW Republicans to ask, “What science did Al Gore use to come to the conclusion that the oceans would rise 20 feet or more?”

“If the present rate of sea level rise would put the world on pace to see an increase of less than 7 inches by the end of the century, then where are the data sets the IPCC and other advocates use to come up with estimates that are in feet and/or meters? …If empirical evidence indicates that the rate of sea level rise is decreasing, how does the IPCC claim that there definitively is a strong correlation between sea level rise and CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere? Doesn’t the science tend to indicate that there is a lack of correlation?”

The report also notes that wildfires have decreased by 15 percent globally since 1950, that there has been little change in the rate of drought over the past several decades, and that heat waves and hurricanes have not increased.

“When we are unable to predict extreme weather events, and empirical evidence does not show that extreme weather events are increasing, why would some scientists/activists claim that extreme weather events are the product of human activity?” asks the report. “…What is the level of confidence that extreme weather events won’t decrease in a warming climate? Is there evidence that colder climates can be harsher?”

The report quotes a claim from former Vice President Gore: “Humanity is sitting on a time bomb. If the vast majority of the world’s scientists are right, we have just ten years to avert a major catastrophe that could send our entire planet’s climate system into a tail-spin of epic destruction involving extreme weather, floods, droughts, epidemics and killer heat waves beyond anything we have ever experienced—a catastrophe of our own making.”

The document goes on to detail factors that can influence the climate beyond government regulation and the United Nations: solar radiation, cosmic rays, supernovae, and ocean currents.

“Given the dynamic nature of our climate and the factors well outside of human control (many of which are not listed above), including lack of technology to govern these factors, is it possible to control and stop climate change through government regulations?”

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Can we get a separation of church (the religion of global warming) and state here?

Junk science at its finest. Make up a computer model, keep adjusting its inputs until you get the result you want, and you're done. Garbage in, gospel out.
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Climate change is about the same thing every Leftist cause is about... the power to control other people's lives and get rich in the process. We really need to start showing our disapproval of this crap by the old reliable tar & feathers routine.
39 weeks ago
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The Earth is getting hotter, and the seas will drown us all;
The Earth is desiccating, and the rains will never fall;
The desert is expanding, and none of us can stop it;
For there is no god but Gaia, and the Albert is her prophet.

Albert preaches sternly that the planet soon will die;
You must change your way of living, for the Albert would not lie.
But as to Albert’s own high living, he will never stop it,
For there is no god but Gaia, and the Albert is her prophet.

Sacrifices must be placed upon our Gaia’s altar;
Killing virgins will not work, but you should never falter.
The sin is greenhouse gases; you must work to stop it,
For there is no god but Gaia, and the Albert is her prophet.

Agriculture’s doomed, because the crops will never grow,
Except for GM crops, of course, and those you’d best not sow;
Eating kills the planet, which is why that you must stop it,
For there is no god but Gaia, and the Albert is her prophet.

Driving cars has got to stop to hold down CO2,
No matter if it ends the jobs performed by such as you.
Your breath’s a greenhouse gas, so get on board and stop it,
For there is no god but Gaia, and the Albert is her prophet.

Cap and trade will shut us down, destroying what we've built;
Embracing that's a dandy way to mitigate our guilt;
Don't plan to keep on living; you have surely got to stop it,
For there is no god but Gaia, and the Albert needs his profit.
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During Himself's latest Benito Mussolini-Imitation of a speech [complete with facial asides and profiling] he made mention of that '...97% of Scientists Agree' thing once again. Really tiring and what Are their bonafides?
Well,..c'mon Barry,.... where are these guys and girls and where in hell are they hiding ?
Are they all climatologists and meteorologists? 75%,.... 50%,...what 'is' the number ??
Did you embarass them by telling them you were smarter than they are?
Did you show off your Nobel and rub in their faces?
Did Michelle get left in charge of the snacks & drinks, and no one liked what they were offered ?
C'mon Barry,... out with it. Where'd they all go.....?
39 weeks ago
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i'm going to go out on a limb here and predict the future, if we have one.

here goes: for the next 'x' years we will have climate change, and then 'y' years afterward we will have climate change in the other direction.

sadly, that is about as much as anyone can, at this point in time, predict the future of climate if the world we live. of course, the gov. (military) may well be able to spray some chemicals and create rain or something like that, but nothing that will change the earth's climate, short of a nuclear war.
39 weeks ago
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Well, some carbon units are bigger polluters than others. The lunatic democrats/progressives/communists are so focused on destroying America that they have become tree food haters. They need some psychiatric care.
39 weeks ago
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Mr Obama recently demonized carbon as a pollutant by repeatedly condemning "carbon pollution" in a recent major speech. Both Mr Obama and Albert Gore are carbon based life forms. In fact, Albert is a great big, rapidly spreading carbon based life form.That means that ... er...um... wait ...

Seems to me that by implication, Mr Obama has pronounced every U.S. citizen to be a pollutant.

You'd think that Mr Obama would get a job so that he wouldn't waste time adulterating his common sense and filling his head with highly developed nonsense.

What's that you say? Mr Obama has a job?
39 weeks ago
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Can we get a separation of church (the religion of global warming) and state here?

Junk science at its finest. Make up a computer model, keep adjusting its inputs until you get the result you want, and you're done. Garbage in, gospel out.
39 weeks ago
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By garbage, you of course mean Algore.
39 weeks ago
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Put the parameters into the model to get the result you want and/or the result you're being paid to get ?

Deal with the unsettling fact of 16 years with no warming by claiming that's too short a time to have any meaning or significance ?

For every objection, for every realistic explanation of all the complex natural systems that go into making climate/weather, the Warmists have some dumb, facile excuse to dismiss it.

Who said liberals weren't religious ?
39 weeks ago
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Climate change is about the same thing every Leftist cause is about... the power to control other people's lives and get rich in the process. We really need to start showing our disapproval of this crap by the old reliable tar & feathers routine.
39 weeks ago
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Perhaps what we REALLY should ask for once, is whether rising seas and temperature changes really matter at all...the earth IS always in a state of flux…continents shift, coastlines change, glaciers extend and retreat, habitats change and herds migrate... …Palm tree fossils in Antarctic Ice cores, Hot Desert Valleys and mountains cut by Glaciers….
The “environment” changes?
WOW, whoda thunk it?

Todays "scientists" and "environmentalists" look at the earth like a garden, or Diorama…it must be static, un changing, still and ever compliant as we groom and manipulate it to remain EXACTLY what it currently IS, and expect it to REMAIN SO, more or less FOREVER, or else “something is terribly wrong” that needs to be “fixed”.

Todays “Scientists” and “Environmentalists” would shriek in horror if their “models” foresaw the formation of the Great Barrier Reef…and they would attempt to PREVENT it because it will cause “a drastic and unpredictable change in ecosystems” on either side of this “wall of death”.

If their “data” and “instruments” discovered “highly disproportional erosion rates” in the area of the Grand Canyon before it formed, what would they do? Allow this “catastrophic” displacement of topsoil and “local ecosystems” to continue unchecked? Until WHAT?
OMG! UNCHECKED EROSION UNTIL THERES A HOLE IN THE GROUND THAT COULD EVENTUALLY BE A MILE DEEP?!?! We’ve never SEEN such a thing before, it will be…just…well… an unimaginable DISASTER.
Just think how the landscape will be FOREVER CHANGED FROM WHAT IT IS RIGHT NOW!
A horrible scar upon the land you’ll be able to see from SPACE.
We have to DO something about it, before it TOO LATE.

So, basically Mr. Gore, we have NO data that says the word got any hotter lately, right?

Well, heres a news flash for you Al “Below Average Science Guy” Gore …even if we DID, so f*cking what?
39 weeks ago
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Global Warming? Temperature Up 'Very Close to Zero' Over 15 Years June 24, 2013

http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/global-warming-temperature-very-close-zero-over-15-years
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Everybody should read this (of course, it may put you to sleep)

Dr. Judith Curry's April 2013 testimony to a House subcommittee.

http://science.house.gov/sites/republicans.science.house.gov/files/documents/HHRG-113-SY18-WState-JCurry-20130425.pdf

39 weeks ago
39 weeks ago Link To Comment
The Earth is getting hotter, and the seas will drown us all;
The Earth is desiccating, and the rains will never fall;
The desert is expanding, and none of us can stop it;
For there is no god but Gaia, and the Albert is her prophet.

Albert preaches sternly that the planet soon will die;
You must change your way of living, for the Albert would not lie.
But as to Albert’s own high living, he will never stop it,
For there is no god but Gaia, and the Albert is her prophet.

Sacrifices must be placed upon our Gaia’s altar;
Killing virgins will not work, but you should never falter.
The sin is greenhouse gases; you must work to stop it,
For there is no god but Gaia, and the Albert is her prophet.

Agriculture’s doomed, because the crops will never grow,
Except for GM crops, of course, and those you’d best not sow;
Eating kills the planet, which is why that you must stop it,
For there is no god but Gaia, and the Albert is her prophet.

Driving cars has got to stop to hold down CO2,
No matter if it ends the jobs performed by such as you.
Your breath’s a greenhouse gas, so get on board and stop it,
For there is no god but Gaia, and the Albert is her prophet.

Cap and trade will shut us down, destroying what we've built;
Embracing that's a dandy way to mitigate our guilt;
Don't plan to keep on living; you have surely got to stop it,
For there is no god but Gaia, and the Albert needs his profit.
39 weeks ago
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Man, this is great. Did you write this yourself? It is so well done.
39 weeks ago
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The Repubs should also ask the Dems about water vapor, a well known GHG. What percent of GHGs are water vapor compared to the evil CO2? How well can water vapor be modeled? Why don't most climate change enthusiasts include water vapor in their discussion of GHGs?
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Because it's highly transient and correlated with temperature. Air temperature can be used as a proxy for water vapor, or mixing ratio. But don't listen to me, it's been 20 years since I took a course in Atm. Sci.
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