• Jan 7th 2011 at 7:53PM
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Wednesday marked the end of an era in the U.S. – the demise of the Select Committee for Energy Independence and Global Warming. Created under Nancy Pelosi in 2006, the global warming committee – devoted entirely to scientific discussions of climate change and energy-related issues – has been disbanded under Republican leadership.

In its four years of existence, the committee tackled issues ranging from grilling oil execs to the disastrous explosion of the Deepwater Horizon. In addition, the committee has held 80 hearings and played a key role in shaping policies for the 2007 energy bill and the stimulus package of 2009.

In its final days, staffers released a report that detailed the accomplishments of the committee. It also warned that:
Global climate change presents one of the gravest threats to our planet's health, and to America's economy, its national security, and its public health. Scientists warn that we may be approaching a tipping point, after which it will become increasingly difficult, or perhaps impossible, to halt global warming and its catastrophic effects. The United States confronts this issue at the same time it faces a deepening energy crisis-characterized by skyrocketing prices, high dependence on foreign oil, and continued reliance on high-carbon fuels that worsen the climate crisis.
Welcome to the new reality.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Of course! Republicans have a past history of being anti environment. It was a republican president that assisted GM in killing the EV1. Republicans also don't care if America goes under because of excess oil consumption. Only the bribes from car makers and oil companies matter.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Wincros "The Republican party today is the party of secession, Confederacy celebrations, KKK, Tea Party, bigotry, corruption and fiscal irresponsibility."

        The Tea Party is what is going to fix this country.
        They are not KKK members & bigots, they don't fly the confederate flag in their front yard, so far their corruption free, and fiscal responsibility is at their core.
        I'm a conservative republican, which its far from what Bush is, and even further then what McCain is. Far to many administrations have spent beyond our means, and its time to FIX IT.
        Unions (for one) need to go the way of the dinosaurs & saber tooth tigers & wooly mammoths, they once were good, but have gone bad over the years, and are no longer necessary. They have been sucking the country dry. We also need term limits on all positions in government. We need a balanced budget, to be the law. Reagan tried to pass this, but didn't have the votes. We need to cut government MASSIVELY. no more turtle tunnels, or any other ridiculous things that we simply can not afford.
        The US currently spends 382 billion dollars a year on the INTEREST of our debt...thats money that goes towards absolutely nothing.
        Thankfully foreign countries stop loaning us money, in fear that we could never pay it back..... unfortunately (for them and us) our government simply started printing more, which floods the economy and you get inflation, which makes foreign countries mad at us because now the money we owe them is worth less, and our money is worth less, in other words, the price of everything you buy goes up.
        I'm hoping the US does NOT raise the national debt limit, which is currently set at 14.3 TRILLION, we need to tighten our nations belt.
        • 4 Years Ago
        And a Republican who created our National Park system and almost all of the federal protected lands (Teddy Roosevelt.) Another Republican started the EPA (Richard Nixon.) And another doubled the size of the national park system while restoring the everglades (GW Bush.)

        John Kerry said it -- we live in the age of know-nothingness, and Randy, you're working hard to prove him right.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @murc

        "I'm hoping the US does NOT raise the national debt limit, which is currently set at 14.3 TRILLION, we need to tighten our nations belt."

        Yeah, a sovereign default will do our country good. Third-world status is exactly what we need.

        God I hate you people.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Eric, that was a different breed of republicans.

        Back then it was more about pandering to the whole morality thing, not bowing down to the interests of big corporations.

        Where did those republicans go? they weren't so bad.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "The Republican party today is the party of secession, Confederacy celebrations, KKK, Tea Party, bigotry, corruption and fiscal irresponsibility. They can't claim the party of Lincoln or Roosevelt."

        Who's trying to rewrite history?!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Let me see. TR was essentially kicked out of the Republican party and started the Bull Moose party. Roosevelt was a progressive. Yeah, being a know nothing is a bad thing, but trying to say the Republican party of TR is the same as the current Repubilcan party goes beyond know nothing to dishonest distortion of history to make political points. The Republican party today is the party of secession, Confederacy celebrations, KKK, Tea Party, bigotry, corruption and fiscal irresponsibility. They can't claim the party of Lincoln or Roosevelt.
      • 4 Years Ago
      From the perspective of a non-American, it's always hilarious how every article on ABG related to US politics brings in this colorful mix of AGW deniers, fossil fuel industry apologists, tea party fanatics and the occasional militant environmentalist to keep the balance, but all of them one-hit-wonders.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Big surprise. The Republican Congress is going to undo every positive step we've taken towards a greener future, all to please their big oil overlords. I expect dark days ahead.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Positive steps toward a greener future? Please. If anyone (including Democrats!) really, really cared about a greener future, they would have put a significant gas tax in place! Everything else is pretty much just a waste of time.

        If you want less carbon to be used up, you make it more expensive. ONLY then will people reduce consumption. More fuel efficient vehicles only allow people to drive farther...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good riddance!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Of course monopolists never consider the disruptive negative externalities of their own business. That's why free market advocates (starting with Adam Smith) argued against the formation of monopolies. We have anti-trust laws and anti-monopoly laws in the United States. Admittedly, Republicans have an annoying trait where they allow companies to lobby on behalf of mergers and acquisitions b/c companies are trying to increase their global competitiveness (yeah right). It's no wonder the riches of supply side have vanished since the late 90s. Oligopoly doesn't do wonders for purchasing power. Annoying RINO flaw that needs to be corrected.

        Mike, your statements are weird. You demand free market things like low prices, rapid technology growth, and no monopoly. You understand every annoying hypocritical failure of neoliberal politicians (Repubs and mod Dems). Yet you don't see that liberals are not even trying to accomplish the things you want. You're damning a group of people who try but inevitably fail, and rewarding a group of people who don't even try. It's very strange.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "...a strongly established theory like AGW..."

      Theory: a : a hypothesis assumed for the sake of argument or investigation b : an unproved assumption : conjecture

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arbpu1xKAow



        • 4 Years Ago
        Cherry-picking quotes and not providing a source... nice classical denier tactics, Ra Conteur. Unfortunately that crap doesn't fly with me.

        http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/theory
        (pay attention to (5), which I could have cherry-picked to support my point... but didn't)

        "the·o·ry
        noun ˈthē-ə-rē, ˈthir-ē
        plural the·o·ries
        Definition of THEORY
        1
        : the analysis of a set of facts in their relation to one another
        2
        : abstract thought : speculation
        3
        : the general or abstract principles of a body of fact, a science, or an art
        4
        a : a belief, policy, or procedure proposed or followed as the basis of action b : an ideal or hypothetical set of facts, principles, or circumstances —often used in the phrase in theory
        5
        : a plausible or scientifically acceptable general principle or body of principles offered to explain phenomena
        6
        a : a hypothesis assumed for the sake of argument or investigation b : an unproved assumption : conjecture c : a body of theorems presenting a concise systematic view of a subject

        See theory defined for English-language learners »
        Examples of THEORY

        1. a widely accepted scientific theory
        2. Her method is based on the theory that all children want to learn.
        3. There are a number of different theories about the cause of the disease.
        4. She proposed a theory of her own.
        5. Investigators rejected the theory that the death was accidental.
        6. There is no evidence to support such a theory.
        7. He is a specialist in film theory and criticism.
        8. The immune surveillance theory of cancer holds that in a way we all do have cancer, that a healthy immune system fights off rogue cells as they appear. —Sallie Tisdale, Harper's, June 2007"

        Oh yeah, it's generally considered good etiquette to respond to people in the same thread instead of opening up a new one. Makes discussion so much easier to follow, and it doesn't give the impression you just want the last word.
      • 4 Years Ago
      @ the end of the 79/80 International Geophysical Year it was announced the world had just ended a 50 year cycle of relatively mild weather & was entering a 50 year cycle of increasingly bad weather, no direct references to global warming,I guess since the term hadn,t been coined yet.
      • 4 Years Ago
      100
        • 4 Years Ago
        Did you expect any less?

        (Ironically this post adds to the count).
      • 4 Years Ago
      According to http://scienceblogs.com/deltoid/2010/05/moncktons_testimony_to_congres.php , the only witness the Republicans ever called to that committee is a British journalist and politician who gets it wrong.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hoorah! One less platform for ignorant demagogues to try to destroy Western civilisation, valid Science and human Rationality, while they boodle off with Billions.

      harlanx6
      • 4 Years Ago
      Kudos to the House. They are doing what we elected them to do, including killing this propaganda spewing useless committee. We the people after listening to a generation of this crap, have spoken. There is much more to be done. How are you all enjoying your Winter? Oh, global warming caused this?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @harlanx6
        Reminds me of last February, when the AGW deniers were loudly touting cold winter on the east cost, but somehow ignoring what was going on in the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. There was unseasonably warm weather in Vancouver, so warm that they had to truck in snow for the ski runs!

        Yep, for every "Its too cold for global warming" example, we can cite a "hey, its warmer than it should be" example.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @harlanx6
        "The good old sun is the boss, and the easiest way you can make a dam fool of yourself is to try to predict what the sun is going to do next."

        It is so tiresome when deniers spout the obvious as if it destroys accepted theory. The sun drives the earth's climate. Greenhouse gases trap the incoming radiation which has made the earth a pleasant place to be compared to the moon. Human activities increase greenhouse gas concentrations and this is causing the observed increase in average global temperatures. These are settled facts according to the *second* review of climate science by the National Academies of Science, http://books.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=12782&page=22 . (Republican politicians keep demanding more unbiased review, but then they never acknowledge the results.)

        The solar cycle is 11 years yet the observed global temperature rises doesn't correlate well with it AT ALL. There is vigorous debate as to how much solar variability affects climate, but *every* climate scientist concludes it cannot explain the observed warming. The ones who think its contribution is underreported.

        It's also well-understood that there are long-term variations in solar output that seem to trigger ice ages. But that takes place over hundreds of years and may be a thousand or ten thousand years away. Human activities are affecting climate right now over the span of decades. The timescales are so different that it is nonsensical to balance what IS happening against what MIGHT happen.

        The real damn fools are the deniers who pointed to the cooling since the hottest year in at least industrial times (1998 or 2005, depending on what data set you use) as proof global warming is a crock. Scientists vigorously argue what the rate of warming is, but you can graph it yourself at http://www.woodfortrees.org/plot/wti/mean:12/plot/wti/trend , choose any data set you want, any statistical method you want.

        Again, I'm just explaining basic science to you (just as I did in your previous comment "Fuel cell buses hit the streets of Tokyo"). The "You guys" you cavalierly dismiss are something like 98% of climate scientists, endorsed by every national academy of science. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific_opinion_on_climate_change
        harlanx6
        • 4 Years Ago
        @harlanx6
        The good old sun is the boss, and the easiest way you can make a dam fool of yourself is to try to predict what the sun is going to do next. Write a book to scare everyone to death, and you might just get a Nobel Prize, but the old sun doesn't even care. You guys had nearly everyone fooled for a minute, but more people every day are realizing it's just another scam.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @harlanx6
        "Global warming is bullshit because it's cold" has got to be the oldest, most stupid AGW denial talking point there is.

        Yes, global warming can (and does) indeed cause an increase in precipitation, including snowfall. Warmer air carries more moisture.

        Never saw a phase diagram for water in school?
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is why "Republicans" Lose Money in the Stock Market as well.

      Still investing in Coal and Tar Sands.
      These Industry's will be SHUT DOWN when a Global Warming Panic hits this country.
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