by Anniel 12/29/15
The New Year is soon here, so I hope this is my last political rant for a long time. Because of the lies and hatred in the present political climate, that undoubtedly will be a resolution difficult to keep.
On December 8, 2015, because of his writings on the subject of Climate Change and his legal battle with Dr. Michael Mann, Climate Change Liar Extraordinaire, Mark Steyn was invited to attend hearings and present testimony on Climate Change before the Senate Subcommittee on Space, Science and Competitiveness, chaired that day by Senator Ted Cruz (R, TX).
Mr. Steyn says that he has met with the Queen of England, several UK MP’s and Prime Ministers, and with Canadian MP’s and representatives. He says that ALL of the listed people met with him as civilized adults, treated him with respect, listened, asked probing pertinent questions, commented without rancor, and generally got along. Steyn, being an adult himself, responded in kind.
Mr. Steyn tells us he has never been treated in the abominable way he was at the U.S. Senate Subcommittee meeting. On the morning of the meeting, Steyn received a message from Senator Bill Nelson (D, Florida), the ranking minority member of the committee, telling him that he, Steyn, would be expected to uphold the “proper decorum” of the Senate at the Subcommittee meeting. In addition to being insulted, Mark’s take is there is no decorum in the Senate to respect, so there is no decorum to uphold.
Also appearing as witnesses were Dr. Judith Currie, Prof. Of Atmospheric Science, GA Institute of Technology; William Happer, Professor of Physics, Princeton; Prof. John Christy, Creator of the Satellite Temperature Record; and Rear Admiral (Ret.) David W. Titley, Prof. of Practice, Dept. of Meterology, Penn State, who is also a Gung-ho Climate Change believer, at least for public consumption.
Two Greenpeace activists attempted to illegally intimidate Prof. Happer before the meeting was called to order. Such intimidation is called “witness tampering,” and should have been stopped. There are many instances of intimidation against scientists and other so-called “deniers”, sometimes accompanied by threats of RICO indictments and other criminal punishments.
Mr. Steyn’s description of the chaos of the hearing, with people wandering in and out, talking loudly, and never listening to witnesses was shocking to me. Everyone should read Mr. Steyn’s account of the farce billed as “Congressional hearings.” (Citations below.) You will be absolutely enraged.
The tame supposed scientist called by the proponents of global warming and questioned almost exclusively by them, was Rear Admiral Titley. When Senator Brian Shats (D, Hawaii) questioned Titley, Shats even left the room while Titley gave his pap answers, then Shats wandered back in when called by a staff member. When Steyn said he would like to respond, Shats said he didn’t have time and walked out, so Steyn went ahead and made his comments to Shats’ empty chair.
The worst person in the room was apparently Senator Ed Markey (D, Massachussets). He did his best to insult Dr. Curry, never giving her a chance to respond to his accusations, or to even state her position on the matter. When she attempted to defend herself and answer his assertions, Markey said he hadn’t asked her a question. Steyn finally had had enough and interrupted, in fact almost brought the meeting to a halt, when he asked why Dr. Curry couldn’t respond when Markey had impugned her character, her knowledge and her honesty. First he, and then Curry, went on the offensive demanding that Dr. Curry be allowed to answer the questions directed to her and defend her scientific conclusions.
Mr. Steyn told Senator Markey that since he had deliberately insulted the distinguished scientist, he owed her the respect to let her answer without interruption. It turned out that Markey had not even read Prof. Curry’s position paper she had prepared for the hearing. Steyn and Prof. Curry both spoke until the meeting was adjourned for a break. Sen. Markey left and never returned. Steyn refers to him now as the coward and bully “Markey Mark,” who runs away when confronted.
Everyone to that point had totally ignored Prof. Happer. and Prof. Christy.
They, too, took the opportunity to present their prepared testimony. Steyn says he was proud of them for standing for truth. Steyn was told that the protest made by them was the first time in 200 years that private citizens had dared question committee members. He says we ought not let another 200 years pass before we speak out again.
One of the reasons Steyn says the committees get away with such outrageous behavior is that the cameras are kept exclusively on the person testifying, so the crude and disrespectable antics of committee members are never seen on C-Span. And those idiots are the “knowledgeable” elite representing us. It seems that almost all witnesses appearing before any Congressional committee complain that no one ever listens to their testimony, so why bother? By the way, who pays for witnesses to travel to D.C.?
In his second column about this hearing, Steyn says that the reason the Democrats commandeered the meeting is because the Republicans just never showed up, while the Democrats at least did that. The Subcommittee members, with their attendance at the meeting noted, are as given below.
+In attendance all day
*In attendance at least part of the day
REPUBLICAN – should have been six members in attendance, plus Sen. John Thune, Senior member of the full Commerce Committee, who should have attended, for a total of seven.
#Sen. John Thune, SD
+Sen. Ted Cruz, Tx.
*Sen. Steve Daines, Mt. (See Note 1, below)
#Sen. Marco Rubio, FL
#Sen. Jerry Moran, Kan.
#(?)Sen. Dan Sullivan, AK (See Note 2, below)
*Sen. Cory Gardner, COL (See Note 1, below)
(Note 1, Daines and Gardner were present only long enough to be recorded for the folks back home.) (Note 2, According to Steyn, Sullivan was not in attendance, but a report in wattsupwiththat.com says he made a statement. It’s possible he may have put in an appearance and Steyn didn’t know who he was, but he did not remain at the meeting.)
DEMOCRAT – Five members officially in attendance, plus Sen. Bill Nelson, Senior Democrat Member, Full Commerce Committee, for a total of six.
*Bill Nelson, FL
*Sen. Tom Udall, NM, Ranking Subcommittee Member
*Sen. Ed Markie, Mass.
*Sen. Cory Booker, NJ
*Sen. Gary Peters, MI
*Sen. Brian Schatz, HI
While they were disrespectful idiots and wandering in and out, at least some of the Democrats were present, participating and prepared to state their position. But the Republicans didn’t care enough to even show up, or remain. Senator Cruz had only himself to depend on and try to present a rational review of the climate change debate.
We need to pay more attention to the beleaguered witnesses who take their precious time to appear before government bodies and demand that they and their testimony be respected. Congress is corrupt in so many ways. Too bad, but perhaps not surprising, that most of Congressmen and women have forgotten basic good manners. Let their families be ashamed of them.
Whether it was dislike of Cruz that kept Republicans away from the meeting or they just really don’t care about the Climate Change issue, is of little matter. Congress again tarnished its behavior in the eyes of the people who DO matter, the voters, who are citizens of the United States of America.
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Read the full text of Mark Steyn’s articles and see what you think. Go to: