Warmist Laments Climate Debate: Ted Cruz 1, Sierra Club 0 – ‘This exchange displays a shocking lack of knowledge about climate change’ from the Sierra Club



He asks Mair about the satellite temperature record, which he says has shown no warming during the last 18 years.

Mair should recognize this as a common, largely discredited attack on climate science. While it is true temperatures spiked during 1998 due to a very strong El Nino, if one does not cherry pick data the satellite record does show steadily rising temperatures over the last 35 years.

Temperatures according to 2 satellite series (UAH and RSS). The purple line indicates the mean of the three surface temperature series. (pbl.nl)

Temperatures according to 2 satellite series (UAH and RSS). The purple line indicates the mean of the three surface temperature series. (pbl.nl)

But Mair does not recognize this. It appears he has never heard of it.

Q. How do you address the facts that in the last 18 years the satellite data show no demonstrable warming whatsoever?

A. Sir I would rely on the Union of Concerned Scientists, and I would rely on our own NOAA officials. The data are there.

Q. Is it correct that the satellite data over the last 18 years demonstrate no significant warming?

A. No.

Q. How is it incorrect?

(At this point Mair leans back to listen to a staffer for about 10 seconds.)

A. Based upon our experts it’s been refuted long ago, and it’s not up for scientific debate.

Q. I do find it highly interesting that the President of the Sierra Club would, when asked what the scientific data demonstrate about warming, apparently is relying on staff. The nice thing about the satellite data is these are objective numbers.

A. Correct.

Q. And the numbers over the last 18 years — are you familiar with the phrase the pause?

(Silence for 15 seconds. More discussion with Mair and a staffer, off camera. Cruz is smirking.)

A. The answer is yes. And essentially we rest on our position.

Q. And to what you said, you are familiar with the pause. To what does the phrase the pause refer?

(Silence for 15 seconds more as Mair confers with a staffer. He then turns around to Cruz, but says nothing.)

Q. I’m sorry, you said you were familiar with that term so I asked you to what does it refer?

(After another quick conversation with an aide, Mair finally responds.)

A. Essentially it’s the slowing of global warming during the 40s, sir.

Q. …

Sierra Club Prez Squirms, Consults, Ignores Cruz’s Satellite Data Questions – ‘he looks like Al Capone on trial’



Cruz’s legal lesson seems especially fitting, since Mair looks and sounds like a mobster seeking and getting advice from counsel – then repeatedly pleading “The Fifth” to avoid self-incrimination.

Watch the Sierra Club president stuck in a loop when he can’t handle – or even acknowledge – the truth.…

Sec. Of State Kerry: ‘We Have Climate Refugees Today’



“There are people who have to leave where they were living because the drought is so significant they can’t grow food, or they’ve lost their water, or there are fights over wells in certain places and so they have to move in order to find a place. There are climate refugees in the world today — people who’ve had to move because of the rise of sea level or the changes in the thawing of the permafrost and so forth.


“Now, it hasn’t reached a crescendo. It’s not at a level where the international community has yet codified, put it into law,” he explained.


“But the day could come, if we don’t respond rapidly, you could have millions of climate refugees. You could have people moving from whole areas where today you can grow things and tomorrow you can’t.…

Benefits to the Weatherization Assistance Program’s Energy Efficiency Investments Four Times the Costs



We have spent many hours poring over these opaque documents. Our judgment is that many of the DOE’s conclusions are based on dubious assumptions, invalid extrapolations, the invention of a new formula to measure benefits that does not produce meaningful results, and no effort to evaluate statistical significance. Using the DOE’s findings, we show below that costs exceed energy savings by a significant margin.…

Ted Cruz Presses Sierra Club On Global Warming Pause



Cruz then asked again if Mair was unwilling to answer the question. The Sierra Club chief replied, “We concur with the preponderance of the evidence — you’re asking me if we’ll take 3 percent over the 97 percent? Of course not.”


After a repeated back-and-forth, an exasperated Cruz concluded, “You know, Mr. Mair, I find it striking that for a policy organization that purports to focus exclusively on environmental issues, that you are not willing to tell this committee that you would issue a retraction if your testimony is objectively false under scientific data. That undermines the credibility of any organization.”




Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2015/10/06/ted-cruz-presses-sierra-club-on-global-warming-pause-video/#ixzz3ntV3HS2s…

Documents Reveal Dem Efforts to Discredit EPA Critics: Emails and talking points memos detail ways to ‘sow doubts about our opponents motives’


Aides to a dozen Democratic governors and the Democratic Party’s gubernatorial advocacy arm circulated talking points and political messaging memos on EPA’s new power plant regulations that laid out ways to “sow doubts about our opponents [sic] motives,” in the words of one of those memos.

The previously unreported documents, obtained by the Energy and Environment Legal Institute through an open records request and shared exclusively with the Free Beacon, provide a window into the Democratic messaging machine’s approach to an issue that its own pollsters acknowledge is a hard sell among its target voter demographics.

The Democratic polling firm Hart Research Associates conducted research on voter attitudes about the regulation, which has faced intense criticism since the EPA unveiled its proposed rule last year. Hart found that voters generally shared the concerns of Republican critics of the regulation.

“Research indicates that many voters’ default belief is that electricity bills will go up” as a result of the regulation, according to a Hart talking points memo circulated by an employee of Advocacy Advisors, a political consulting firm that, emails indicate, worked closely with the Climate Action Campaign, an initiative pushing EPA regulations.

“Denying [electricity] rate increases strains credulity with many audiences,” according to the memo.…