Boxer's global warming hearing gets cold reception

Sen. Barbara Boxer went ahead with the markup hearing on her global warming bill this morning despite the absence of all but one Republican (George Voinovich). She sat alone during markup doing nothing for 15 minutes. Michelle Malkin obtained photos. See below.

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36 thoughts on “Boxer's global warming hearing gets cold reception

  1. Playing musical chairs on her own.. Actually it rminds me of Alice in Wonderland. Alice used to play chess against herself. Sometimes when she caught herself cheating against herself, she would box her own ears

  2. George Voinovich broke the boycott and was granted a few extra minutes to speak yesterday, not today. I started viewing a little late this morning but only saw Boxer with one democrat attending, who spoke for a few minutes until leaving Boxer to herself. She “graciously” allowed Voinovich (the *only* republican there, again) a few extra minutes to speak then cut him off (and waived a cd at him that she claimed comes from the EPA with 350 thousand pages of evidence and data), but today told the democrat who spoke he could have all the time he wanted. Barbara, can you even spell bipartisanship?

  3. For those who wonder why Voinovich was there, he’s always been flaky and he’s already announced that he isn’t running for re-election next year. And as soon as he’s out, he’s done with politics for good. (but of course he’ll have that golden congressional pension for the rest of his life)
    He’s pretty much just showing up for the free lunches at this point, and he really couldn’t care less what actually happens either way.

  4. The 3.14 people over there must really love her. Didn’t she forget to turn the heating in the room on, to create the right intimate atmosphere for a global warming session?

  5. I wondered if Vonovich showed up just to irk boxer, as I believe they needed a Minimum of two Republicans, but I could be wrong.
    I understand that this bill is now set back a good five weeks? But I can’t seem to find verification of that.

  6. Hey, Boxer already has “350 thousand pages of evidence”… why should anyone at all show up?
    The fix is in…
    Mike

  7. Here’s a comment from a climate scientist that might explain why there is so little interest in AGW. (Note: from a letter to NYTimes re: profile on Freeman Dyson)
    It is no secret that a lot of climate-change research is subject to opinion, that climate models sometimes disagree even on the signs of the future changes (e.g. drier vs. wetter future climate). The problem is, only sensational exaggeration makes the kind of story that will get politicians’ — and readers’ — attention. So, yes, climate scientists might exaggerate, but in today’s world, this is the only way to assure any political action and thus more federal financing to reduce the scientific uncertainty.
    MONIKA KOPACZ
    Applied Mathematics and Atmospheric Sciences
    Harvard University
    Cambridge, Mass.
    The failure of the AGW campaign is a direct result of near-infantile exaggeration making “science” look foolish. Is it any wonder the whole thing collapsed?

  8. For what it’s worth, I just love that Committee Hearing Room. It is one of the most intimate rooms in the building. It’s acoustics are terrific, and it feels so, well . . ., so “legislative.”
    I can remember when we did serious business in that room.

  9. Tenuc (10:33:28) :
    Couldn’t have happened to a nicer person…

    Wouldn’t have happened to a nicer person…

  10. Was it John Lennon that said “what if you held a revolution and nobody came?”
    Perhaps the senators are only demonstrating the lack of interest shown by their constituents.

  11. The 747 that Madam Boxer had chartered at taxpayer expense to bring 400 members of the Greater Hollywood Global Warming Propaganda Society to the markup meeting were mysteriously delayed when their aircraft missed all signals from air traffic controllers and continued on –at taxpayer expense– to London.
    *****CORRECTION: The 747 that Chair(wo)man BOXER had chartered at great taxpayer expense to bring 4 (repeat “””4″””) members of the Greater Hollywood Global Warming Propaganda Society to the markup meeting were mysteriously delayed when their aircraft ignored all signals from air traffic controllers and continued on –at taxpayer expense– to London and Paris. *****CORRECTION: The 747 that SENATOR BOXER had chartered at incredable taxpayer expense to bring 1 (repeat “””1″””) member of the Greater Hollywood Global Warming Propaganda Society to the markup meeting was mysteriously delayed when the aircraft’s crew ignored all signals from air traffic controllers and continued on –at taxpayer expense– to London, Paris, Peking, Moscow, Berlin, Rome, Hong Kong, Sydney, Santiago, Rio, Miami, Charleston, Bar Harbor, New York, St Louis, Kansas City, Denver, Dallas, New Orleans, Montgomery, Havana, Cairo, and Mecca (where it is currently being refueled).

  12. 350,000 pages of evidence multiplied by 4,000 characters per page equals 1.2 gigabytes. A CD holds less than that, although text compresses very well so that much text might fit on a CD. Probably need a data DVD if there are a lot of photos.

  13. “I believe they needed a Minimum of two Republicans”
    Correct. Isn’t the Senator up for re-election in 2010? CA, this is no longer practice.
    I actually like Feinstein though she no longer seems keen.

  14. This is amusing.
    I think the empty room has to do with Republicans doing so well in the election yesterday. Global warming is an issue from the left of politics. And it’s a very expensive left issue. It is clear from yesterday America now wants something different than what they’ve been seeing from the left since Barak Obama became President.

  15. All the yelling at politician at Town Hall meetings didn’t get them to listen. The politicians came out with a new health care bill that was almost twice the size of the last one. Being yelled at by regular, every day folk didn’t get politicians to listen. But what happened in an election did.
    Now everything political from big-spending-big-government, of which “The Pollution Reduction and Investment Incentive Mechanism” (i.e. Cap N Trade) was the biggest, will find an empty room. I expect to be seeing some scrambling to damage control from Boxer, Pelosi, Reid, etc.
    Although Nancy Pelosi said this morning, “We won last night.” Odd that.
    http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2009/11/04/2119358.aspx
    video source for “The Pollution Reduction and Investment Incentive Mechanism”
    http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-october-5-2009/carbon-copout

  16. Yes Ma’am. No Ma’am. I see “Senator” is not getting respect. No Ma’am.
    She was livid. I could feel the scorthing from hear.

  17. Voinovich showed up to read a statement telling boxer that the rest of the GOP senators would not show up as a protest of the bill. Then he left.

  18. 350,000 pages of ‘proof’ that nobody in their right mind is going to touch with a political 10 foot pole. Boxer didn’t get the meaning of the polls yesterday.
    This is what you get when you stop listening.

  19. But how do we know that that CD contained anything other than old “Barney” songs?
    The bill was eventually voted out of her committee, WITHOUT the minimun of 2 minority votes. However, Baucus voted against the bill leaving committee. Baucus’ main issue seems to have been the impact of the bill on Dems from coal states. What I am not sure of is if it will end up in Baucus’ Finance Committee, if it does it could linger there for a bit. http://business.theatlantic.com/2009/11/climate_bill_passes_senate_committee_without_republicans_or_baucus.php

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