Moniz Explains To GOP Member How He Knows Humans Are Warming The Planet: ‘I Know How To Count’
Ryan Koronowski on Jun 14, 2013 at 5:17 pm
Yesterday, new Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz sat before a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee to discuss the Department’s proposed budget and ended up explaining basic climate science to a member of the majority party.
In an exchange with former committee chair Henry Waxman (D-CA) reported by E&E Daily, Moniz was blunt:
“It’s indisputable that we are experiencing warming, and that the pattern of consequences that has long been expected, in fact, are appearing around us, unfortunately — typically at the higher end of the predicted ranges,” Moniz said, pointing to melting ice caps, intensified storms, droughts and wildfires.
In recent years, the subcommittee has been used to push false talking points about the proposed Keystone XL pipeline and to hold hearings just to throw climate denier talking points at real climate scientists.
Last year, Rep. David McKinley (R-WV) sponsored a raft of bills that would dismantle key public health and clean air provisions and undermine landmark environmental legislation. Last week, the committee marked up Rep. McKinley’s bill that would prevent the EPA from regulating toxic coal ash.
Unsurprisingly, McKinley’s asked Secretary Moniz if global warming was “primarly man-made, or natural and cyclical.”
The conversation that followed was educational, hopefully for all parties. Watch the exchange here, courtesy of Forecast the Facts:
Here’s the transcript:
MONIZ: I believe, in my view, there is no question that a major component is anthropogenic. And that comes from–
MCKINLEY: Interesting. Is that from a consensus?
MONIZ: It is practically, I would say 98 percent of scientists involved in this area–
MCKINLEY: But you’re well aware the petition project has 32,000 scientists and physicists who’ve disagreed!