Marc Morano: "This is politics, not science. The UN is trying to expand its base to include climate and species. They're looking for more treaties, more regulation. They've identified a problem. They've juiced it up and they put themselves in charge of solving the problem. That's called a self-interested lobbying organization."
AOC "seemed to recognize that Rossiter’s presence, and incendiary claims, had become central to a hearing that was not supposed to be about coal."
Climate Statistician Dr. Caleb Rossiter to AOC Committee: "We are trying to save the people of the planet from the people 'saving the planet.'"
Rossiter to Congress: "Extreme weather events such as cyclones, floods, droughts and tornadoes are not increasing in incidence or lives lost. Indeed, the global mortality from all weather-related natural disasters declined by 99 percent while the population trebled after 1920, thanks to improved economies and technologies. Food production and calorie consumption per capita continue to increase, thanks to the green revolution, increased CO2 fertilization and longer growing seasons. Fossil fuels contribute enormously to the production, safe storage and transport of food and thus to human nutrition."
Update! AOC insults Rossiter!Slams as "a guy w/ a polka dot bowtie backed by oil lobbyists arguing that fossil fuels are' healthy.' HEALTHY. It’s embarrassing." - AOC: " One of the things that genuinely surprised me in Congress is the sheer mediocrity of witnesses called forth by the GOP in hearings. Yesterday they brought in a guy w/ a polka dot bowtie backed by oil lobbyists arguing that fossil fuels are “healthy.” HEALTHY. It’s embarrassing."
“Beto claims to support the Green New Deal, but his plan is out of line with [the] timeline it lays out and the scale of action that scientists say is necessary here in the United States to give our generation a livable future,” Sunrise Movement executive director Varshini Prakash said in a statement.
The Sunrise Movement sees Beto's plan as woefully inadequate. "By 2050 there could be 100 million climate refugees...tens of millions could die," the group claimed.
NYT on models based study: For this latest study, Dr. Burke, along with Noah Diffenbaugh, a climate scientist, looked at more than 20 climate models to estimate how much countries have warmed since 1960 specifically because of climate change. Then, they estimated what each country’s economic performance could have been without such a temperature rise.
Most of the world’s poor countries are poorer today than they would have been had those emissions not altered the climate, while many rich countries, especially in the northern belt of the Northern Hemisphere, are richer than they would have been, the study found.
Between 1961 and 2000, climate change dampened per capita incomes in the world’s poorest countries by between 17 percent and 30 percent. Among the countries hardest hit were also some of the largest. India, the world’s second most populous country, would have been 30 percent richer without climate change, the study concluded. For Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa, that figure was 29 percent.