Dems make full court press in reviving global warming hearings

by James Taylor

The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives is employing a full-court press on global warming this week, holding two hearings yesterday and another one later today. My colleague Aaron Stover and I are in Washington DC taking in the hearings. Here are some takeaways:

Republicans in the House Energy and Commerce Committee put on a very disappointing display yesterday. John Shimkus (R-IL) said in his opening statement that global warming is a “problem” that requires government attention and “solutions.” Greg Walden (R-OR) gave the other Republican opening statement, similarly whining about global warming and asserting that Republicans could craft better government solutions than Democrats.

Democrats called Brenda Ekwurzel of the Union of Concerned Scientists as their lead witness. Ekwurzel, proudly noting that she was one of the four main co-authors of the recently published National Climate Assessment, did her best summary of alarmism’s most frequent talking points. Democrats called another few witnesses to testify about negative impacts of global warming.

Republicans were allotted two witnesses, and neither one contested any of Ekwurzel’s over-the-top assertions. Rather, both witnesses agreed that global warming is a serious, pressing problem. Rich Powell of ClearPath argued that massive government funding, subsidies, and expensive programs promoting ‘clean energy’ would be more effective than regulations and mandates. Powell said hydro, nuclear, and natural gas should supplement wind and solar power. Powell called for a ‘moon shot’ of government spending on ‘clean energy’ as the preferred Republican position. Barry Worthington of the U.S. Energy Association, an industry group representing all forms of energy production, called global warming a serious problem that requires all energy sources on board to solve.

Watching the hearing, I wanted to vomit. This was especially the case given that Republican staffers on the Committee invited me to meet with them a couple weeks ago and share strategy ideas. Moreover, I had provided them with rebuttal talking points to an alarmist science summary circulated by Democrats before the hearing. It turns out that all of that was wasted time. The Republican position at the hearing was essentially, ‘There is no daylight between the assertions of the Union of Concerned Scientists and Republicans on this Committee. We are united in our belief that global warming is a dangerous and imminent threat to our way of life. We Republicans believe that new programs to spend massive amounts of taxpayer dollars on the issue will be more effective than Democrats’ plans to eliminate certain energy sources and require specific greenhouse gas reductions by specific dates.’

While I was drawing the short stick of watching the Energy and Commerce hearing, Aaron watched the Natural Resources Committee’s hearing. Aaron reports a much better Republican performance there. Rep. Tom McClintock powerfully presented the case for scientific realism and lead witness Judith Curry made alarmist science assertions look silly. Unlike the bipartisan alarmist love-fest in the Energy and Commerce Committee, Democrats on the Natural Resources Committee resorted to unprofessional snippiness to counter the powerful Republican presentations.

Last night, Aaron and I had dinner with Rep. McClintock, other Committee members, and today’s Republican witnesses for an additional Natural Resources Committee subcommittee hearing – David Legates and Kevin Dayaratna. I can assure you that Republicans on the Natural Resources Committee will, unlike their colleagues on the Energy and Commerce Committee, stand up strong for sound science. The hearing takes place today at 2:00 pm Eastern.

You can view a livestream of the hearing here:

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February 7, 2019 10:14 am

As long as the Republican senate doesn’t breakout in abject insanity, any CAGW proposals are DOA.

Reply to  SMC
February 7, 2019 10:19 am

Sufficiently astute politicians know already, after 40 years of global warming, that climate change is something to talk about, not something to do anything about.

Talking gets you goodwill and votes. Doing gets you yellow vests.

Reply to  Javier
February 7, 2019 12:33 pm


Except in years when you need to fund the depleted Highway Trust Fund (and with side payments to NY for subway system revamp and more miles of high speed rail to the union halls in CA)

Reply to  Javier
February 7, 2019 7:47 pm

Republicans have concluded that to apparently agree with Democrats about warming theory leaves less room to be criticized and that and the public at large will not notice. But, the public does care about their pocketbooks, and so long as the Republicans support energy “business-as-usual” with fossil fuels, costs will remain much lower than would occur with the Democrats proposed solution.
Maybe crazy like a fox?

Reply to  SMC
February 7, 2019 10:35 am

Let’s hope they keep their sanity.

Reply to  SMC
February 7, 2019 10:41 am

The DOA outcome just encourages this never ending circus, in which alarmists propose crazy but vote winning “solutions”, safe in the knowledge that those that vote them down will be vilified by those same voters.

Caligula Jones
Reply to  SMC
February 7, 2019 1:10 pm

Yes, but AOC has already broken out in abject insanity and I think even the Dems have noticed…

J Mac
February 7, 2019 10:16 am

Global Warming swamp RINOs (ex: John Shimkus (R-IL) and Greg Walden (R-OR)) are an endangered species. May extinction soon follow.

John F. Hultquist
Reply to  J Mac
February 7, 2019 11:24 am

For Shimkus and Walden their most important self-goal is to stay elected.
It is likely better that they are — relative to those who might replace them.
What they know or think (and this may be the equivalent of mush) regarding the issue of global warming is hard to say.

February 7, 2019 10:16 am

The Dopacraps don’t have a single real issue to run on.

Reply to  beng135
February 7, 2019 10:31 am

Sure they do. Their agenda is comprehensive; Resist Trump, Close Down Businesses, Resist Trump, Put People Out of Work, Resist Trump, Raise Taxes, Resist Trump, The Green New Deal, Resist Trump…

How can you possibly say they don’t have real issues to run on./sarc

Reply to  SMC
February 7, 2019 10:56 am

They’re all about trying to buy votes with giveaways.

Reply to  John
February 7, 2019 11:06 am

Everyone loves free stuff.

The problem is, you must pay for everything in this life in one way or another. There is nothing free.

Reply to  SMC
February 7, 2019 11:24 am

They’ve convinced the know nothings that rich people have bottomless pockets full on unused cash.

Reply to  SMC
February 7, 2019 11:29 am

More than 50 years ago did not a Democrat president, addressing young people say “don’t ask what the country can do for you , but what you can do for the country”. All the leading Presidential Democrat candidates are today saying exactly the opposite .
What has changed?
Or have i misremembered that speech. Although not an American , I was a young person myself and wished that our own British leaders were capable of such inspiration.

Matthew Drobnick
Reply to  SMC
February 7, 2019 12:14 pm

Mike, I found that particularly dangerous, because it was still subjecting the masses to the will of bureaucracy, a shapeless, ever shifting, unaccountable blob of people generally opposed to the individual.

What can you do? Obviously, pay more taxes…

That was a terrible part of his speech, of which the implications are often misunderstood .

Better question:
Ask not what government can do fur you, but why the hell you think it’s a solution to most issues in the first place.

It is a cancer eating away at the soul of the individual, who is the foundational building block of the society at Large.

Destroy the individual, destroy the nation. It is an immutable axiom that is every bit as real as gravity.

John Endicott
Reply to  SMC
February 7, 2019 12:31 pm

What can you do? Obviously, pay more taxes…

That’s one way to look at it, however if people are not asking the country to do stuff for them, then obviously more taxes aren’t needed to pay for that stuff…..

Kennedy wasn’t talking taxes in that part of the speech. He was talking civic action. He was challenging every American to contribute in some way to the public good (Volunteering their time and effort to helping others for example)

John Endicott
Reply to  SMC
February 7, 2019 12:38 pm

Mike, I found that particularly dangerous, because it was still subjecting the masses to the will of bureaucracy, a shapeless, ever shifting, unaccountable blob of people generally opposed to the individual.

Indeed, the obvious assumption of the line is that the government is more important than the individuals and that the individual should be subservient to the government

Reply to  SMC
February 7, 2019 1:23 pm

mikewaite –

From President John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961 (last four paragraphs).

“In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility — I welcome it. I do not believe that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavour will light our country and all who serve it — and the glow from that fire can truly light the world.

And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.

My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.

Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world, ask of us the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God’s work must truly be our own.”

I believe you are correct that no Democratic Presidential candidate would dare utter such words today.

Tom Halla
February 7, 2019 10:22 am

The problem has been squishy Republicans unwilling to stand up to zealots on the green side.

CD in Wisconsin
Reply to  Tom Halla
February 7, 2019 11:30 am

…..and a Trump administration that has demonstrated an unwillingness to go on the offensive against the CAGW religious doctrine with the scientific evidence that challenges its credibility. He still has just under two years to start doing this before January of 2021. Put together a team of scientists who are willing to do this and put the alarmist scientists on the defensive–hopefully there isn’t a serious shortage of them.

I have said this before, and I’ll say it again: If Trump does nothing to seriously challenge the CAGW narrative and place it into question AND the Democrats retake the White House in 2020, the Dems can be and should be thankful that he failed to do so. If the Dems also get control of both Houses of Congress, then there is nothing to stop them from taking action on the alarmist narrative in the absence of a serious scientific challenge to it.

I just read that Green New Deal legislation is going to be introduced into the House today, but I realize the likelihood of it going anywhere is very slim. But with Congressional Republicans also riding the CAGW bandwagon, some type of legislation addressing CAGW could eventually find its way in law. It would be just a matter of when–once Trump is out of office.

I don’t know what Trump’s reasoning is for not going on the offensive outside of just saying he doesn’t believe the alarmist narrative. Is it lack of intestinal fortitude, fear or some political reason? I don’t know. I also don’t care how politically potent the environmentalist and CAGW alarmist movements are. If the science isn’t sound, it isn’t sound and should be challenged from the top. If CAGW is on a shaky and unsound foundation, just how hard would it be to get it to start crumbling? I wish Trump would take action to provide the answer. I also wish I knew why he doesn’t.

Having said all of this though, I also want to say that this blog certainly deserves a lot of credit for challenging the alarmist narrative with refuting evidence, and I really appreciate Anthony’s and CTM’s efforts. It’s a great website and a badly needed thorn in the side of climate alarmism.

Matthew Drobnick
Reply to  CD in Wisconsin
February 7, 2019 1:27 pm

Her is a tough cookie to crack. Sometimes, I think we forget he’s now a politician.
So he’s going to politick.

My assumption is this: CAGW is not on the radar for most folks, it’s just not that important. Trump is focused on stopping what is hemorrhaging right now, as well as what is working well:

Border, over regulation, stifling taxes
What’s working. The economy.

It’ll take a serious threat to our every industry and the economy for him to respond… I think he’s patient enough to wait until the exact right time. Let them continue to build their frenzy, Keep making insane predictions (pardon Nick, projections 😋), let them force themselves into a corner for which they cannot budge….
Then drop the hammer.

I don’t expect them to be patient enough to wait another 6 years, so they’ll play their hand during his next term depending on the shift in the Senate. I’m going to hold out hope for now, again, against historical records regarding politicians.

That’s how I would handle it. Private conversations with CAGW supporting Republicans, a few scientists like Curry, maybe some established professionals such as Anthony Watts or Mark Steyn, and when the right time arrived I’d drop the hammer bigly, on national TV.

He’s got to wait until a second term, so as not to alienate a few percentage points of stupid Republicans who actually buy into the scam.

Reply to  CD in Wisconsin
February 7, 2019 1:29 pm

The New Kids On The Block™ are making a lot of noisy, and of course will be very public about submitting GND legislation, but fortunately they are still in the minority. I foresee GND dying in committee somewhere. They may well use it to hold flashy hearings just like they did today, but they’ll never vote it out of committee.

Reply to  Tom Halla
February 7, 2019 2:17 pm


Ben Gunn
February 7, 2019 10:25 am

My God!! This idea needs to have a wooden stake driven through it’s heart and buried face down. It keeps coming back more often that Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

Reply to  Ben Gunn
February 7, 2019 10:33 am

Don’t forget to cut off it’s head and stuff the mouth with garlic.

February 7, 2019 10:26 am

It sounds like pork barrel politics at work.

In this case, the Democrats favor regulations. The Republicans favor massive spending, which is what their witnesses were pushing. Once again, CAGW is being used as an excuse to do something of which the taxpayers would otherwise not approve (ie. make Republican friends and financial supporters rich).

Reply to  commieBob
February 7, 2019 1:13 pm

Yup, just an argument over who can come up with better plans to spend increasing amounts of taxpayer money. Two sides of the same coin.

February 7, 2019 10:28 am

Thank You Rep. McClintock and Republican’s on Natural Resources Committee.

And also Thank You Progressive Allies of the mindless idiot party for identifying yourselves as a good candidate for a primary challenge. Seriously. The science is in and you’ve missed it but maybe you get a polite mention on MSNBC. Let me speak as a donor to the GOP. Missing the thread on this issue will get your appeals ignored. That also applies for appeals that begin with “please stop…”

Robert of Texas
February 7, 2019 10:47 am

You cannot stop a political movement with science. Politics is based on faith (mainly fear) and only requires passion – an easy emotion to tap into. Science requires a lot of deep intellectual thought, awareness of bias, patience, and reproducibility – something few people have the talent and/or patience for.

Reply to  Robert of Texas
February 7, 2019 11:05 am

I agree. That’s why we need the scientists to give us the reliable information and the political cage fighters to act on it.

February 7, 2019 10:55 am

We need a constitutional amendment that indicates that any branch of government which cannot show an average IQ greater than 90 is shut down until the next election along with all their committees and appointees.

Reply to  JimG1
February 7, 2019 11:14 am

That would convert Congress into an echo chamber.

Reply to  Will
February 7, 2019 11:17 am

That’s a bad thing?

Tom in Florida
Reply to  Will
February 7, 2019 11:59 am

As Gallagher used to say, the opposite of progress is congress.

Reply to  Tom in Florida
February 7, 2019 12:46 pm

When you have a family with a big business and multiple siblings it is always the dumb one who goes into politics and the smart one who stays home to run the business. DJT is much smarter than most people in government and than most people give him credit for. His egomania is
a minor, in this case, character flaw which actually helps in his resistance to the swamp. I grant you, it ain’t pretty sometimes. He stayed home and ran the business until he got bored with it and how stupid government was/is.

February 7, 2019 11:06 am

Just point them to the German Energiewende experiment.
Excessive expenditures, excessive energy costs and minimal if any reductions in greenhouse gases.

The perfect progressive solution to a non problem.

Reply to  Ron
February 7, 2019 11:26 am

Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and then applying the wrong remedies. -Groucho Marx

Reply to  Ron
February 8, 2019 7:36 am

Ron – Agree Energiewende needs to studied here in the USA. Perfect example of how worthless wind and solar are for power generation.

Joel Snider
February 7, 2019 11:07 am

These people are crazy – AND they’ve got an army of marching brooms that will apparently back them up no matter HOW crazy they are.

Seriously – they seem to be running on the platform of destroying the American lifestyle – to save the planet – yet seem to demand that same lifestyle as a right for everybody else – AFTER they’ve destroyed it.

I can’t wait for this Ocasio Cortez to start repeating the pattern of all her predecessors, when her twelve-year doomsday doesn’t materialize, she’ll change her story, say it’s another ten years off, or say that it actually IS happening – just slower – or off-screen somehow.

The possibility that she’ll actually learn enough to change her tune is absolutely zero.

Just think of the damage they’ll do should when they eventually regain full control of government. They do enough damage locally – and they’ve certainly poisoned a generation of school students.

See, THESE are the mechanisms of behavior-based extinction.

John Endicott
February 7, 2019 11:15 am

the RINOS in the House Energy and Commerce Committee put on a very disappointing display yesterday.

Fixed that for ya.

February 7, 2019 11:27 am

Too bad that they don’t have a Ted Cruz in the US congress. Why are all the house republicans so dumb? Please, there must be one intelligent common sense republican there who can hold his/her own against these Green New Dealers…!!!

Joel Snider
Reply to  Jon P Peterson
February 7, 2019 11:43 am

It’s isn’t ‘dumb’ – (well, mostly not) it’s a combination of cowardly, and actually being on the same team.

With a few that want to exploit the whole mess.

Reply to  Jon P Peterson
February 7, 2019 11:46 am

I wouldn’t count on it. Most of what the mainstream Democrats and Republicans fight over is who gets credit for what policies… that’s my take anyway.

Reply to  Jon P Peterson
February 7, 2019 12:31 pm


John Endicott
Reply to  Jon P Peterson
February 7, 2019 12:41 pm


Since Government can’t stop the climate from changing (it’s been changing since long before man existed, it’ll continue to change long after man is dust) the answer is NO, that would be a futile waste of time, effort and resources

February 7, 2019 11:35 am

Sad. This quagmire of political opportunism will sap trillions from the public and the private sector, while destroying millions of jobs. Unless deep-sixed, it’s just a matter of time when the opportunists have control of both houses of Congress and will push the media-hyped insanity through.

The only way out of the quagmire is what was advocated by Koonin and Pruitt: publically discredit the so-called science used to justify the money grab.

If the GOP hasn’t the wherewithal to use its fleeting opportunity, it will pay a big price in 2020. Thereafter, it will be the public who pays.

February 7, 2019 11:44 am

We’ve gone through this scenario on other big divisive issues. Republican’s behave like Dem lite in districts where they believe they need to do that to get elected. Not a bad theory to get elected but here’s the rub. You are on a committee where Dems are talking nonsense. You have a minimum obligation to provide a counter-point. That is the very minimum that those who voted for you expect. If they agreed with your opponents they would have voted for them.

Not everyone has to lead from the front. You can hang back. But you do have to stay onside in the face of the opposition. If you cannot get up the courage to provide even a body in the ranks why are you here.

February 7, 2019 12:15 pm

Remember to sign in to get your advocacy brownie points and campaign donations.

February 7, 2019 12:19 pm

No matter how powerful a “prosecutor”, still it, it ain’t either the Judge or the Jury…to actually commend the
proper power of the verdict…in matter of law, legislation or law-making…I think.


February 7, 2019 12:35 pm

Shovel Ready Stimulus worked so well to fool them why not come around for another run at the serfs.

February 7, 2019 12:47 pm

It’s important that this is approached as an ‘opportunity’ not a ‘threat’…this is a chance to get those informed scientists who have clear, rational evidence and facts behind them to refute the breathless, cataclysmic global warming zealots represented by the current Democratic leadership in the House. That’s why the Republican’s initial performance is so disappointing and sets the wrong tone. This is an opportunity and it’s time to pushback. Thanks to ‘wattsupwiththat’ for taking a stand and helping organise the resistance. Write your Congressmen and Senators and take political action…this could quite easily backfire on the Democrats ‘if’ handled correctly.

February 7, 2019 12:48 pm

Greg Walden is my Congresscritter. I’m glad that I’m being represented by a Republican, but sorely disappointed that I’m being represented by a RINO who has no will to fight.

Carl Friis-Hansen
February 7, 2019 1:02 pm

Ms Haaland was really acting well, she managed to break into tears. Although her tears might have been more less sincere, it shows how little regard these politicians have for the real world and the general population, and most of all the general knowledge amongst scientists. One thing is to announce politcal paroles, that is probably what politics is about, but continuously proclaiming false statements, as many of them did, aught to be revealed by the MSM or at least Russia Today, Fox News or some other media not owned by AP and the Deep State.

Robert of Ottawa
February 7, 2019 1:25 pm

Regarding Republican performance: Well, what do you know, the Big Government Uniparty wants an excuse for Bigger Government.

February 7, 2019 2:12 pm

I found Roy Cooper’s representation of North Carolina’s posture towards climate change particularly unenlightened. His statement was a mishmash of misplaced observations, conflations and weather-extreme claims, clearly refuted by actual data. He is singing the same old party-line song of falsehoods, embellished with pretentious posturing of a good-ol’-boy, home-state champion of climate justice.

I second the vomiting, mentioned by the article’s author.

Tom Abbott
February 7, 2019 3:59 pm

Well, I guess I’m going to have to find out if any of my Republican representatives are on the Energy and Commerce Committee, and if so, then see what can be done to replace them in 2020 with people who have some sense.

February 7, 2019 4:07 pm

‘Powell said hydro, nuclear, and natural gas should supplement wind and solar power.’

Because wind and solar are reliable, base load sources. Hydro, nuclear, and natural gas are intermittent and can only provide supplemental power.

Reply to  Gamecock
February 7, 2019 4:43 pm

Blueberries and kiwis are good for you. I grow them to eat (and to feel good about growing something). Blueberries in the summer and kiwis in the winter. So I am pretty set.

Although I do still need to go the grocery store every once in a while to get my supplemental food. I feel bad about needing to go to the store … I think I’ll put in some more blueberries & kiwis.

High Treason
February 7, 2019 6:45 pm

Hopefully it will be revealed that the mid-term election for the House was riddled with fraud.I found it suspicious to put it mildly that the last hour of the mid terms had basically no seats going to Trump. Even allowing for the fact that the western states are largely left-leaning, this is suspect.
The “majority” is almost certainly from election fraud. It is quite likely that the Democrats lost the House, not won the House.
Any bill voted for by the House is likely a vote made in TREASON.

Gordon Dressler
February 8, 2019 10:01 am

I can’t wait to hear Mother Nature’s testimony . . . she has been subpoenaed, hasn’t she?

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