Data or Dogma? Promoting Open Inquiry in the Debate over the Magnitude of Human Impact on Earth’s Climate

I watched Senator Ted Cruze’s Data or Dogma public hearing yesterday. The hearing was streamed online. Panel members included:

Dr. John Christy: Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science and Director of the Earth System Science Center, University of Alabama in Huntsville

Dr. Judith Curry: Chair of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. William Happer: Cyrus Fogg Bracket Professor of Physics, Princeton University

Mr. Mark Steyn: International Bestselling Author

Dr. David Titley (Rear Admiral, USN (ret.)): Professor of Practice, Department of Meteorology, Pennsylvania State University Director, Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk 

I watched all two three hours of the presentations, including the back and forth between the panel members and Senators on the committee.  The Republican’s made a gallant attempt focus on the data while the Democrats kept their focus on discrediting satellite data sources with arguments void of facts while parroting the argument that 97% of the climate scientist and their models cannot be wrong so the data must be bad.  The 97% study has been discredited by multiple scientists (here, here, and here), yet the Democrats continue to promote this dogma time and time again during the hearing.

One of the highlights for me was when Mark Steyn came to the defense Dr. Judith Curry, after Senator Markey called panel members deniers.  When Curry tried to reply Markey snapped “I did not to ask you a question.” Steyn jumped in to say, “Sir, you just called members of this panel deniers, she has a right to respond.”  Markey did not want to hear her reply, but he let Dr. Curry school him on real climate science. Then he split from the meeting before any more of his ignorance of real science was on display.

HERE is a must watch YouTube clip of Mark Steyn demolishing the “science is settled” meme in the Senate hearing yesterday on the fly. Awesome!

You can download the panels submitted  testimony HERE.

About Russ Steele

Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.
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4 Responses to Data or Dogma? Promoting Open Inquiry in the Debate over the Magnitude of Human Impact on Earth’s Climate

  1. Russ Steele says:

    Mark Steyn on his appearance before the Senate committee:

    It is worth your time to read. He has a dim view of the senatorial decorum and the ignorant democrats on the committee.


  2. Eli Rabett says:

    It was indeed a strange hearing. The other Rs on the committee abandoned Cruz, only one showed up (Daines) and his thing was that the EPA rules on power plants would cost coal jobs in Montana. From this lack of support, well, it seems that his fellow Rs are not too fond of Cruz and don’t really want to tie their brand to denying climate change. Anyhow, this meant that about 3/4 of the time was controlled by the Ds and they directed their questions to Adm Titley who was calm and good humored throughout. Well he did land a few zingers, but thanks to Sen. Cruz’ YouTube channel you can watch the whole hearing

    or the live blog

    Cruz was the only one who kept bringing up the satellite record, and Titley twice pointed out to him that there are significant problems with UAH and RSS.

    FWIW the hearing went 2:42, a lot closer to 3 than 4 hours. Eli assumes Russ is an old guy and spent 42 minutes doing what old guys do, because he sure didn’t pay attention.


    • Russ Steele says:

      Eli Rabitt is Dr. Joshua Halpern of Howard University who fancies himself as a rabbit and writes about the evils of global warming. He’s one of the colorful characters of the warmist side of the debate, and a well-known Internet Trolls I thought you should know. I am honored that he found the time to come by and drop some Rabitt pellets.


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