Asked about satellite temperature data showing no significant warming trend over the last 18 years, Mair simply refused to admit the data even existed – over and over again. Asked about the term “the pause” used by global warming activists to refer to the inconvenient data, Mair repeatedly squirms and confers with advisors – then persistently ignores Cruz’s questions. Likewise, when Sen. Cruz asks Mair if the Sierra Club would be willing to issue a retraction if presented with data showing the Earth is not “cooking,” as Mair claimed it is, Mair stubbornly refused to answer, repeatedly saying that his organization stands by its position that man-made global warming is plaguing the planet.
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When asked about the 18 year pause in global warming, as documented by satellite data, Mr. Mair denied it exists. “So if the data are contrary to your testimony, would the Sierra Club issue a retraction?” Cruz asked.
“Sir, we concur with the 97 percent scientific consensus with regards to global warming,” Mair responded.