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Democrats rig congressional hearings on global warming: deny opportunity to challenge Al Gore! Can you trust the results of this stage-managed debate with a predetermined conclusion?

Challenging the liberal iconic face of global warming …

“UK's Lord Christopher Monckton, a former science advisor to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, claimed House Democrats have refused to allow him to appear alongside former Vice President Al Gore at a high profile global warming hearing.”

“Monckton told Climate Depot that the Democrats rescinded his scheduled joint appearance at the House Energy and Commerce hearing on Friday. Monckton said he was informed that he would not be allowed to testify alongside Gore when his plane landed from England Thursday afternoon.”

“‘The House Democrats don't want Gore humiliated, so they slammed the door of the Capitol in my face,’ Monckton told Climate Depot in an exclusive interview. ‘They are cowards.’”  <Source>

I do not plan to waste additional space on all of the testimony that was presented before the Subcommittee on Energy and Environment  in their stage-managed hearings  on the "The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009.”

For the two most divergent views:

Al Gore --  the sky is falling and we must take action now and  backed up with the presentation of selected climatic effects


Lord Christopher Monckton’s -- we need do nothing now because the world is cooling and backed up with actual results of recent scientific data

click on the testimony links below.

The point I am making is that the two men were never allowed to debate the subject before the committee which is purporting to seek the truth before enacting sweeping, and in my opinion, legislation which will greatly damage the United States and unnecessarily burden the American taxpayer with additional debt. Providing additional reasons for companies to continue to outsource jobs and move corporations offshore. This is not unusual as Al Gore refuses to engage in any substantive debate with those who challenge his views, not does he appear before any audience which has not been pre-vetted as supporters and supplicants.

The damning evidence …

Who are you going to believe? A political demagogue with a massive conflict of interest based on offshore investments in another country or the mute scientists who fear for their positions and project funding – and still publish their data?

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Apocalypse? No! - Why there is no Global Warming Crisis

Congressional hearings: can you trust the results? 

One, some witnesses, certainly not former Vice President Al Gore, testify under oath and are held accountable for their statements. Why should exceptions be made for anyone appearing before a congressional committee?

Two, many of the people testifying are associated with specific government agencies that are directly or indirectly responsible to the Administration. Why should we trust any testimony that is given by an Agency head or representative considering the unlikelihood of that person saying something which might embarrass the Administration or subvert one of its signature programs?

Three, we find a number of representatives from trade organizations, many of whom are telegenic, well-spoken, glad-handed lawyer/lobbyists, providing testimony which advocates an “industry” viewpoint which is favorable to the industry and still respectful of the policies of an Administration and Congress it requires to implement policy.

Four, we sometimes find “celebrity” witnesses who represent a particular viewpoint and advocacy on some issue. Spouting pre-digested facts, these “names” are more to grab media attention than for a serious discussion of the facts.

Then there is the committee themselves, all self-important and self-congratulatory, with their onerous time rules and constant interruptions. Questions often turn into speeches aimed at the media and the reinforcement of the member’s diligence and caring with respect to an issue.

In the final analysis …

And when all is said and done, it is the lawyer/lobbyists who get together to craft politically acceptable legislation which provides considerable benefits to the special interests courting their attention with campaign donations, staff support and voter turnout efforts.

So one may ask: so where does this leave the truth? And why the considerable expense of a “dog and pony” show that is actually irrelevant to the legislative issues under discussion. In the great majority of the presentations, nobody openly discusses the political concerns of a political party or its politicians – but cloaks everything in a mantle of “public service.”

Considering that most legislators do not fully read nor understand the legislation they are enacting, why should we believe that a Congressional Hearing is any more than a media opportunity to provide the members with face time?

Why do we not see “staff representatives,” the people who do the real research and legislative drafting explain what is being done, for what public purpose and which special interests might benefit for the legislation?

Bottom line …

Can we trust our elected officials to represent “we the people” and to eschew their personal and political self-interests long enough to craft meaningful legislation that is beneficial to all of the people, the United States and avoid the hyperpartisan support for special interests which are bleeding the American taxpayer dry?

I think not! The democrats control Congress and the Administration and they are hell-bent on plundering the United States Treasury, assuring their continued control of the government and rewarding the special interests. They brook no dissent and ignore 48% of the people who did not vote for their cause.

It is becoming a national emergency and priority to remove these people from the positions of power which they continue to abuse on a daily basis. Start the transformation of Congress in 2010 by electing your friends and neighbors while sending the professional politicians back to a comfortable retirement in the nests that they have feathered with the taxpayer’s money and influence of their positions.

-- steve

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Reference Links:

Transcripts and Video of Testimony on Climate|United States House of Representatives

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