Mark Steyn, Judith Curry, John Christy & Will Happer Come to Congress! Senate Climate Hearing Dec. 8: ‘Data or Dogma?’

Senate Hearing: Data or Dogma?

by Judith Curry Data or Dogma? Promoting Open Inquiry in the Debate over the Magnitude of Human Impact on Earth’s Climate Press release from the Senate Commerce Committee: U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), chairman of the Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness, will convene a hearing titled “Data or Dogma? Promoting Open Inquiry in the Debate over the Magnitude of Human Impact on Earth’s Climate” on Tuesday, December 8 at 3 p.m. The hearing will focus on the ongoing debate over climate science, the impact of federal funding on the objectivity of climate research, and the ways in which political pressure can suppress opposing viewpoints in the field of climate science. Witnesses: Dr. John Christy Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science and Director of the Earth System Science Center, University of Alabama in Huntsville Dr. Judith Curry Chair of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology Dr. William Happer Cyrus Fogg Bracket Professor of Physics, Princeton University Mr. Mark Steyn International Bestselling Author *Additional witnesses may be announced Hearing Details: Tuesday, December 8, 2015 3:00 p.m. ET This hearing will take place in Senate Russell Office Building, Room 253. Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on This afternoon, I spoke with staffers from the Commerce Committee and also the Subcommittee, for the Committee Chairs and Ranking Members. This is only the second time I have testified for a Senate Committee; my previous experience is that they dynamics are different than testifying for a House Committee, we will see. I have been extremely busy the past week preparing my testimony, hence the large number of guest posts in recent days. Senator Ted Cruz Subcommittee Chair Senator Ted Cruz is a Republican candidate for President. His views on climate change were discussed on a previous thread. At a recent Senate Hearing, Senator Crus questions Sierra Club President on Climate Change [link], this is pretty entertaining. In the last two weeks, I have spotted two starkly different analyses of Ted Cruz as a presidential candidate: Top 10 reasons to vote for Ted Cruz Anyone but Ted Cruz Senator Marco Rubio (also a Republican candidate for President) is also a member of the Subcommittee, but I suspect that he will not be at the Hearing, we’ll see. JC reflections Well this promises to be quite interesting, it will be a treat to be in the same room with Ted Cruz and Mark Steyn. Back to working on my written testimony.Filed under: Policy

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