On Tuesday, October 6, 2015, the U.S. Senate's Judiciary Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts, chaired by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), held a hearing on "How Overregulation Harms Minorities."
In a story posted October 8 at CNS News, Barbara Hollingsworth wrote about the hearing, or at least specific aspects of it:
"Under questioning by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Sierra Club president Aaron Mair testified before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee on Tuesday that despite satellite data to the contrary, “our planet is cooking up and heating and warming.”
"Although last month was “the fifth warmest September in the satellite record” due to the effects of a “monster El Nino”, “the global climate trend since Nov. 16, 1978: +0.11 C per decade,” according to the latest report from the University of Alabama/Huntsville’s Earth System Science Center, which monitors advanced microwave sounding units installed on NOAA and NASA satellites.
“In the satellite data, there has been no significant warming for about 18 years or so,” center director John Christy told CNSNews.com.
"But when Cruz asked Mair if the satellite data was correct, he answered: “No.”
“I’m curious. The Sierra Club, is this a frequent practice to declare areas of science not up for debate, not up for consideration of what the evidence and data show?” Cruz asked him."
Hollingsworth's report includes the comments of experts in both weather satellite data collection and computer models used to estimate the effects of global warming. She also includes a 3:20 minute video segment from the subcommittee hearing.
A more detailed and comprehensive report of the Sierra Club president's testimony and questioning by Sen. Ted Cruz is provided in an October 8 article by James Taylor, a senior fellow in environmental policy for the Heartland Institute. Taylor, a Forbes contributor who writes on energy and environment issues, wrote:
"Sen. Ted Cruz embarrassed Sierra Club President Aaron Mair during Senate hearings Tuesday, as Mair was repeatedly unable to answer straightforward questions about global warming. Under cool, calm, respectful questioning from Cruz, Mair was repeatedly flustered and created long, embarrassing periods of silence while he sought help from aides to answer Cruz’s questions.
"In testimony to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts, which Cruz chairs, Mair claimed humans are creating a global warming crisis, the crisis demands immediate action, and the topic should not be open to debate. During questioning at the end of Mair’s testimony, Cruz exposed Mair’s lack of knowledge regarding basic climate facts."
To support his contention that Sen. Cruz embarrassed the Sierra Club president, Taylor transcribes portions of the Q&A betwen Cruz and the Sierra Club president, Aaron Mair. He also intersperses remarks about Mair's need to ask Sierra Club staff about various global warming facts, e.g.:
"Mair then leaned back again for help, creating another embarrassing silence, while the same staffer whispered in his ear and Cruz patiently waited for an answer. After 14 seconds, Mair leaned forward and said:
Mair: “The answer is yes and, uh, essentially, uh, we rest on our position.”
"Cruz: “You said you are familiar with the Pause, so to what does the phrase “the Pause” refer?
"Mair leaned back again to allow the staffer to whisper in his ear. Mair eventually sat up straight again but didn’t say a word. After another 14 seconds of cumulative science, Cruz asked again:
Cruz: “I’m sorry, you said you were familiar with that term. So I asked to what does it refer?”
"Mair leaned back again for help. A few seconds later, Mair straightened up again and responded, “Essentially it is a slow in global warming during the ‘40s, sir.”
Taylor used the remainder of his column to discuss problems with computer models and the term, "the Pause," which "is not a phrase commonly applied to the 1940s. While it is true that global temperatures declined from the 1940s through the 1970s – even as carbon dioxide emissions rose significantly – the term, “the Pause” commonly refers to an ongoing prolonged lack of global temperature rise that goes back at least to 2002 and quite possibly to the mid-1990s, depending on how one views the data."
Also on Thursday, October 8, Sierra Club president, Aaron Mair, added a post to the Sierra Club's blog, the Compass. entitled, "Climate Denial is not an Option: A Response to Ted Cruz." There is also a video clip in which Mair covers what he wrote in the blog post.
The following day, the Daily Caller's Michael Bastasch responded to the Sierra Club's president with the title pretty much saying it all, "The Sierra Club Responded to Getting Schooled by Ted Cruz on Global Warming, and They're Still Wrong." Here is his conclusion:
"While the Sierra Club presents a lot of data (some of which has been previously debunked), the group still did not answer Cruz’s question about the “pause” in warming. Indeed, the group may still have no idea what the Republican presidential candidate is talking about.
"So, what was Cruz talking about?"He’s talking about how satellite temperature data shows there’s been nearly 19 years without any statistically significant global warming. Remote Sensing Systems satellite data shows there has been no warming for 224 months straight, equaling some 18 years and eight months."
Both Bastasch and Taylor include satellite data showing temperatures during "the Pause."
For more information about the use of satellites to gather weather data see this February 7, 2015 article by David Rothbard that is posted at CFACT.
See also this August 21, 2015 entry at Australia's Jo Nova blog, which compares the collection of temperature data by essentially manual methods and by weather satellites.
At the Not a Lot of People Know That blog today, Paul Homewood provides more charts showing temperature changes based on satellite data.
Finally, Dr. Roy Spencer, climatologist and former NASA scientist, posts the "latest global warming anomaly" each month at his Global Warming website. The satellite readings are based upon "on-board precision redundant platinum resistance thermometers (PRTs) calibrated to a laboratory reference standard before launch."
In addition to the complete video of the 2 1/2 hour subcommittee hearing, which is linked at the top, You Tube has a 9:48 video, with over 530,000 views, that provides a good summary.
Once again, there has been virtually no reporting of this story by the so-called mainstream media. A just-completed Google search found only one story by a big-city newspaper -- a solid piece at a Dallas Morning News blog -- and reporting by the alternative media, e.g., Breitbart, The Blaze, Heritage Foundation's Daily Signal, and Western Journalism.
If the above discussion, or videos, has whetted your appetite about global warming (aka climate change by so-called warmistas), three websites you may want to start at:
In case you are asking, at this point, how many taxpayer dollars the U.S. government has spent on global warming, wonder no more. SEPP has calculated several numbers, including $165 billion for the fiscal years 1993-2013 and more than $40 billion since 1993 for "what is identified as climate science." By comparison, SEPP notes, American spent about $130 billion in current dollars for the Apollo program.
If you're left wondering why satellite temperature data isn't the official standard for global waarming, at least since 1978, or just want to know where your Congress Critter stands on the subject, we urge you to write to your representatives in Congress. Contact information is available at Thomas (use left-hand column). Taxpayers living in Virginia's Arlington County, can contact:
- Senator Mark Warner (D) - write to him or call (202) 224-2023
- Senator Tim Kaine (D) -- write to him or call (202) 224-4024
- Representative Don Beyer (D) -- write to him or call (202) 225-4376
Ask for a written response, and tell them ACTA sent you.