Bjorn Lomborg is an interesting thinker but he is still a kind of environmentalist. In his testimony (click), he will calculate that if the mankind follows the Anti-Christ, it will lead to a genocide of millions of people. ;-)
He uncritically copies the numbers from environmental activists (IPCC) and compares them with the numbers created by radical environmental activists (such as Gore and Hansen). For example, IPCC predicts 35 centimeters of sea level ice from Greenland ice for the next century while Gore and Hansen predict 600 centimeters, almost 2,000 percent more. ;-) Lomborg will enumerate areas in which investment has much higher chances of being useful than the climate.
Al Gore's testimony is not available because Gore has violated virtually every rule of these hearings.
From behind the scenes on Capitol Hill: Former Vice President Al Gore, despite being given major preferential treatment, has violated the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee's (EPW) hearing rules.
Gore first demanded to be granted an unprecedented 30 minute opening statement to the Senate EPW Committee for Wednesday's (March 21) global warming hearing scheduled for 2:30 pm ET.
The GOP minority on the EPW committee agreed to the 30 minute opening statement.
But then Gore demanded a waiver of the EPW committee's 48 hour rule that requires all witnesses before EPW to submit their testimony in advance. The GOP minority on the EPW committee then agreed to waive the 48 hour rule in favor of allowing Gore to submit his testimony 24 hours before the hearing.
But in a breaking news development on Capitol Hill - the former Vice President has violated the new 24 hour deadline extension by failing to submit his testimony - even with the new time extension granted to Gore.
As of 8pm ET Tuesday evening, the testimony still has not been received by EPW, a clear violation of committee rules.
The word on Capitol Hill says not to expect Gore's testimony to the Senate EPW committee until Wednesday (March 21) - the day of the hearing.
It appears that Gore does not believe the same rules apply to him that apply to every other Senate EPW witness.
The question looms on Capitol Hill: Is Gore delaying the submission of his testimony until the very last moment because he fears it will give members of the EPW committee time to scrutinize it for accuracy?
Update: At 9:29AM ET Wednesday - after the issue was raised by Fox News Channel - former Vice President Gore's testimony was received by the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee. Gore's testimony was given to Committee members just 60 seconds before his scheduled House appearance and mere hours before his scheduled Senate appearance.
Via Marc Morano.
P.S.: Reuters' report about Klaus' position sounds kind of fair and balanced to me. Incidentally, drudgereport.com had the info about Klaus on the spot #1 again, for a few hours.
After Al Gore's speech
I used to think that America was kind of naturally immune against various crazy totalitarian intellectual streams and political movements, due to its mentality, history, and traditions. After seeing parts of Al Gore's testimony and the way how he was treated by some of the Democratic lawmakers, I no longer think so. This Gentleman is a mad megalomaniac and it is surprising to see what kind of a special treatment such an insane person can get in the Parliament of the most powerful and advanced country in the world.
Gore praised Europeans because "they're not talking about the science." If this were true, is it really something to be proud about? "The Earth is shaking because of glacial earthquakes in Greenland," we learned. I haven't met or read a person who would have any idea what he talks about. (On Thursday, Willie Soon has sent me some of the papers that are most likely behind the words - there's some bad science in it and some good but not too relevant science but I can't go into details here. Thanks, Willie.) The CO2 regulation is like the Marshall plan, he said - no clue where the similarity comes from. The Marshall plan was a plan that helped to spark the post-war boom in Europe while the Gore plan is a plan to create a worldwide recession.
The statement that the ten hottest years "ever" occurred since 1990 is repeated many times. Does he have any idea what "ever" means? It has become so normal to generate similar lies that it is no longer a problem to say these things under oath. Leftists often humiliate creationists who believe that the planet is 6000 years old - but the fact that according to the environmentalists' statements about eternity, the planet is at most 400 years old, doesn't disturb anyone.
We face a "planetary emergency." Wow. To show how certain we are that we face a "planetary emergency", he enumerates several of his comparably mad friends from various science journals etc. - quite many crazy people are walking around. One of them argues - and Gore apparently agrees - that only the existence of gravity is more certain than the catastrophic global warming. It's just such an incredible stupidity - or lie or whatever it is - that they should have stopped him on the spot. But you know, it's Al Gore. Even if the hypotheses about the dominant greenhouse effect are true, global warming certainly doesn't belong among 100,000 most certain scientific insights we have.
He seems to have no idea what certainty is. Even the IPCC activists say that the probability that the observed recent warming is caused by the mankind is around 90%. It's about the same certainty as the certainty that tomorrow is not Thursday, and this estimated probability was clearly overstated. But can't he at least read the IPCC summary?
He impresses undemanding audience by a long arrogant celebration of politicized scientists who like to lick a part of his body and who produce a "consensus" that the Earth hasn't seen yet. The fact that whenever a debate is over, the alarmists lose these debates with the skeptics even in Democratic strongholds by 10 points, as long as the arguments of both sides can be heard, is no problem for him. For those of us who remember how the communist regime was abusing and overselling its loyal artists and actors while attacking and marginalizing others, these segments of Gore's speech sound simply disgraceful. Gore's tactics don't differ from the neo-Stalinist tactics in any significant way.
Gore refuses to take a "personal energy ethics pledge" but compares the Earth to a baby that has a fever. It turns out that Wikipedia and all other sources and textbooks are wrong when they say that fever is caused by bacteria and the immune system's reactions. According to Gore's new kind of science, the reason for a fever is that the crib's on fire and you're not supposed to speculate about the baby's ability to resist - just take whatever action Al Gore will tell you to do.
Next time when your child has a fever, you should instantly believe Al Gore that it is because his crib's is on fire and the first thing you should do is to make sure that your child no longer emits any carbon dioxide. Don't hesitate, don't think, and act: wrap plastic bag around the child's head.
Not even the German chancellor in the 1930s and 1940s - who was no modest person himself - was thinking about the whole planet as about a baby that he is supposed to control. Al Gore's megalomania exceeds almost everything we have ever seen before. He proposes all kinds of insane policies which of course include the ban of incandescent light bulbs.
Joe Barton has enumerated many of the basic arguments debunking the global warming pseudoscience of Al Gore's movie - such as the 800-year lag of CO2 concentration behind temperature. Barton has also explained that malaria doesn't explode with higher temperatures and mentioned the sea level rise that Gore overestimates by a factor of 30 even in comparison with the activists in IPCC. Bc Al Gore says it is wrong to have political people who have no scientific training altering the words of scientists. Apparently he does not recognize this is exactly what he has been doing for years.
He even has the courage and stomach to argue that alarmist scientists are those who are discriminated against the skeptics.
That's all very painful but there are apparently even more insane people than Gore: parts of the Capitol - such an impressive building - have turned into a kind of asylum. Senator Lautenberg argues that Gore has proven that carbon emission limits won't hurt the economy - wow - and even describes Gore's opponents as "Luddites". Quite an irony.
It's just all so irrational. I think that there must be laws that witnesses shouldn't lie. For a continuous multi-hour stream of untrue assertions, a witness who is not the Anti-Christ could be arrested for years or decades. But you bet that ManBearPig won't be and can't be. If the history is a good guide, the only way how such "special" people can be stopped is by a forced suicide when their capital city is occupied by a foreign army.
I wonder whether Klaus and the Czech army are ready to pay its debt we owe to America and liberate it sometime in the future if it becomes necessary. Let's hope that in this case, words and Word files will be enough. ;-)
And that's the memo.
P.S.: FoxNews deserves to be praised because it dedicates twice as much space to Klaus than to Gore in the context of the hearings. ;-)