Congress’s Sad Embarrassment


Last week, in a display all too typical in gatherings of the House Special Committee on Energy  Independence and Global Warming, Rep. Earl Blumenauer sneered at former advisor to Margaret Thatcher, Lord Christopher Monckton: “I find it a little embarrassing and sad that the minority witness is a journalist with no scientific training,” E&E News reported the Oregon Democrat as saying.

Of course, one of the majority’s witnesses was the fellow who absurdly baited the New York Times into running a story in August 2000 that open water was seen by humans for the very first time at the North Pole, possibly for the first time it existed in 50 million years.

You know, because this, this and this kind of reminder were not recent enough.
I suppose I don’t need to use the words Al Gore?
So expertise is in the eye of the beholder, clearly. We’ve learned that a railway engineer can be a “chief climatologist” so long as he’s down with the agenda. But I grimaced at Blumenauer’s hypocrisy, knowing that the Senate majority had had Sigourney Weaver testify about ocean acidification two weeks prior to this tantrum.

And today’s E&E notes “Actor, EPA officials to discuss ocean toxins, oil dispersants.: Actor Sam Waterston, of ‘Law & Order’ and ‘The Killing Fields’ famefame, will testify at a hearing tomorrow exploring ocean acidification and the oil dispersants being sprayed over the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico.” Mmm. Yes. I wonder what his scientific credentials are. Perhaps Jack McCoy once sent a guy up the river for not recycling.

And Blumenauer, a guy with actual authority on the issue? He’s a career politician, whose science training extends to a degree in political science.

Yes. The embarrassments abound.


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