Dem Congressmen Grijalva & Huffman lament Congressional hearing – Slam Morano for stating that the ‘UN bastardized species-endangerment science’


By: - Climate DepotJuly 30, 2019 4:20 PM

Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Arizona) is chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources. Rep. Jared Huffman (D-California) is chair of the Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife.

Climate Depot note: Rep. Grijalva has a long sad history. See: Political Left on with hunt: ‘This is scary’ – Congressman Raul Grijalva’s Witch Hunt

Some Republicans are finally talking about addressing climate change. First they need to stand up to the deniers in their own party.

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By Dem Reps Raúl Grijalva and Jared Huffman: 

Unfortunately, the power and position of leading Republican climate deniers in Congress has made real change impossible.

Regardless of their politics, anyone concerned about the resource scarcity, heat waves, more dramatic storms and droughts, and the other effects we know are already here — and we know will get worse unless we act now — needs to stand up to the denialists and demand they change their tune or get out of the way.

Old-school denial was on particularly stark display at a hearing we held in May in the House Natural Resources Committee on an issue that truly shouldn’t be political: the risk of mass extinctions in the age of climate change. (Climate Depot Note: Yes! It should not be political. Climate skeptics hijack House Dem hearing – Dominate discussion – Warmists lament: “How did these two dominate a hearing run by Democrats?”

The event was a perfect opportunity to work together. We convened the hearing to examine policy responses to an alarming report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, a United Nations-affiliated research group. Experts there found that up to 1 million species are at serious risk of extinction because of climate change and other human effects on the natural world.

We invited several of the world’s leading scientists to testify, including Sir Robert Watson, former chair of the Intergovernmental Panel for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. He summed up the far-reaching effects of extinction and the need for all of us to act: “The loss of biodiversity is not only an environmental issue, but an economic, development, social, security, moral and ethical issue.”

We hoped our GOP colleagues would join us in a serious science-based discussion on solutions. Instead, they invited two professional climate deniers to testify, one of whom, Marc Morano, runs an industry-funded, anti-science pressure group and has been a repeat guest on the notorious conspiracy-focused “InfoWars” radio show.

Typical of their bombast was Morano’s opening statement, where he accused the authors of the biodiversity report — world-renowned scientists sitting next to him at the witness table — of being “leaders of the UN’s bastardization of species-endangerment science.”

Climate Depot Note: Yes! It was an accurate and much-needed opening statement! Excerpt:

Marc Morano comments: UN’s Robert Watson regurgitates all the usual UN tripe in a May 6, 2019, UK Guardian commentary: 

Morano: Watson claims of “the future of humanity depends on action now.”

Watson also adds that our kids “will never forgive us” unless we give into UN central planning.

The UN schemes are “our last best chance” to save the planet! according to Watson.

He claims we can’t afford NOT to listen to the UN because — wait for it — Watson claims “the costs of doing nothing will be much higher.”

Morano: And of course, what UN science bureaucrat could resist the following,

“change of the magnitude required will mean a different life for everyone,” Watson wrote.

Ah yes, a “different life for everyone” brought to you by the United Nations.

Morano: I think we will pass on that offer.  It’s time for Congress to recognize the UN ongoing “science con” and not let the UN expand its reach into yet even more regulations and self-interested aggrandizement. Humanity and nature deserver better than the UN’s alleged scientific efforts and proposed “solutions.”

Thank you.

End Morano’s statement.

Video & Submitted Written Congressional Testimony of Marc Morano – Examining UN Species/Climate Report – UN report is ‘authoritative propaganda’

Our GOP colleagues on the committee struck the same tone. Rep. Tom McClintock, the panel’s top Republican, stated that “carbon dioxide levels have varied widely throughout the planet’s history, including periods when they were many times higher than today.”

The fact that these kinds of statements, at a hearing of such magnitude, were not even deemed newsworthy speaks to how deeply anti-science thinking is ingrained on the political right. We hope our Republican colleagues on the Committee take note that elsewhere in this same Congress, Republicans are speaking more thoughtfully.

We would love to work on a broadly bipartisan response to the climate crisis. But that depends on whether climate deniers and the fossil-fuel industry continue to call the shots for congressional Republicans. Change is coming. The question is who will drive that change, and whose ideas voters will be compelled to take seriously.

Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Arizona) is chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources. Rep. Jared Huffman (D-California) is chair of the Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife.

 

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