Shellenberger began by highlighting his background, telling the Committee: “I am an energy analyst and environmentalist dedicated to the goals of universal prosperity, peace, and environmental protection. Between 2003 and 2009 I advocated for a large federal investment in renewables, many of which were made as part of the 2009 stimulus. And since 2013 I have advocated for the continued operation of nuclear plants around the world and thus helped prevent emissions from increasing the equivalent of adding 24 million cars to the road.”
“I also care about getting the facts and science right. I believe that scientists, journalists, and advocates have an obligation to represent climate science accurately, even if doing so reduces the saliency of our concerns,” Shellenberger continued. “No credible scientific body has claimed climate change threatens the collapse of civilization much less the extinction of the human species. And yet some activists, scientists, and journalists make such apocalyptic assertions, which I believe contribute to rising levels of anxiety, including among adolescents, and worsening political polarization.”
JOHN KASICH, CNN CONTRIBUTOR: Look, there is no way we should put our heads in the sand. We -- I work with John Kerry -- with my great buddy Arnold Schwarzenegger to try to develop a consensus in this country that we can't just sit still. And, right now, we're not making great progress, but if we keep at it and keep at it -- develop renewables, do research into batteries -- we can get to a point -- support electric vehicles. I drive a Tesla or it drives me -- I can't figure out which. But that is a critical issue.
Kimmel then jumped in to observe: "I don't feel like you're a Republican at all."
Dem Reps Raúl Grijalva and Jared Huffman on Congressional UN species hearing: "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.'"