End of an Era: GOP Abolishes House Global Warming Committee by Gregory Hilton

June 26, 2009: On the day the House passed Cap and Trade by a 219 to 212 vote, a triumphant Chairman Ed Markey (D-MA) hosted a press conference. Markey is the outgoing chief of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming. He is shown with Chairman Henry Waxman (D-CA) of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (MD), Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (SC) and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA). Their victory was short lived because the legislation died in the Senate. Every major economic analysis of the House-passed bill showed job destruction. Some were as high as multi-millions.

The impact of the 2010 election is starting to be felt on Capitol Hill. The last hearing of the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming was held yesterday. This panel received huge national attention when it was created by the then new Democratic majority in January of 2007, and it was considered a major triumphant for the environmental movement. The GOP Steering Committee has voted to abolish the panel.
The ranking Republican, Rep. James Sensenbrenner (WI), said the committee should be kept as a vehicle to combat global warming, but GOP leaders are looking for ways to reduce the House budget. The outlook for global warming legislation has changed completely in the last four years.
Few observers would have predicted the panel’s demise at the time of President Obama’s Inaugural. Now it is being placed in the Congressional dustbin along with the global climate change treaty and the cap and trade national energy tax. The UN’s climate chief has already resigned in disgrace.
A few years ago there was tremendous hysteria concerning these issues. Liberals throughout the nation were in a panic during the heyday of the documentary “An Inconvenient Truth,” which was produced by former Vice President Al Gore. He said “warming of the climate system is unequivocal.” The documentary claimed sea levels would rise by 20 feet over the next century but now the truth has been revealed.
The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has scaled back that prediction to 8 inches. There has not been any statistically significant warming since 1995. In abolishing the panel, Republicans should thank Secretary of Energy Stephen Chu who told the committee that passage of cap and trade would mean electricity rates would “skyrocket.” Gore also deserves recognition.
The numerous falsehoods in his documentary were obvious from the outset, but they were rarely challenged by the news media. Now the avalanche of facts rebutting global warming is so strong that even the Washington Post and The New York Times have published critical front page stories. Long before the American global warming campaign collapsed, the British school system refused to allow Gore’s book on its reading lists because it contained so many false claims. The nation also learned:

  • The most important source of data for the UN IPCC report is a fraud. Prominent scientists at the Climate Research Unit at the UK’s East Anglia University falsified their findings and sought to prevent the publication of works by their detractors. The Director, Dr. Phil Jones, was forced to resign.
  • The data used by Dr. Michael Mann, head of Penn State’s Earth System Science Center, to build Al Gore’s famous hockey stick graph is completely wrong. The graph outlined temperature increases over the past 1000 years. It was cited as indisputable evidence the planet has been warming for a century because of carbon emissions, but Mann just hid the decline in temperatures which conflicted with his conclusion.
  • The UN IPCC now admits huge glaciers in the Himalayan mountains will not disappear by 2035.
  • They have retracted their statement that “Up to 40 percent of the Amazonian forests could react drastically to even a slight reduction in precipitation.”
  • They have retracted their claim that crop yields in Africa will be reduced by 50 percent by 2020.
  • They now admit the Antarctic sea ice increase was under estimated by 50%. This was one of their major claims. They said sea levels would rise dramatically because the sea ice was disappearing.
  • Environmentalists now admit that 55% of the Netherlands is not below sea level.

The Committee’s official website at http://globalwarming.house.gov/ will go off line at noon on January 5th.

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