Ted Cruz Embarrasses Sierra Club President In Global Warming Hearings

Sierra Club President Aaron MairSierra Club President Aaron MairSen. Ted Cruz embarrassed Sierra Club President Aaron Mair during Senate hearings Tuesday, as Mair was repeatedly unable to answer straightforward questions about global warming. Under cool, calm, respectful questioning from Cruz, Mair was repeatedly flustered and created long, embarrassing periods of silence while he sought help from aides to answer Cruz’s questions.

In testimony to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts, which Cruz chairs, Mair claimed humans are creating a global warming crisis, the crisis demands immediate action, and the topic should not be open to debate. During questioning at the end of Mair’s testimony, Cruz exposed Mair’s lack of knowledge regarding basic climate facts:

Cruz: “How do you address the fact that in the last 18 years the satellite data show no demonstrable warming whatsoever?”

Mair: “Sir, I would rely upon the Union of Concerned Scientists, and I would rely upon the evidence, again, of our own NOAA officials, the data are there.”

Cruz: “Is it correct that the satellite data over the last 18 years demonstrate no significant warming?”

Mair: “No.”

Cruz: “How is it incorrect?”

Mair then leaned back so that a Sierra Club staffer could whisper in his ear. After eight seconds of silence, during which Mair made confused hand gestures and facial expressions, Mair vaguely answered:

Mair: “Based upon our experts, it’s been refuted long ago, and there is no longer, it’s not up for scientific debate.”

Cruz: “I do find it highly interesting that the President of the Sierra Club when asked what the satellite data demonstrate about warming, apparently is relying on staff. The nice thing about the satellite data is these are objective numbers. Are you familiar with the phrase, “the Pause”?

Mair then leaned back again for help, creating another embarrassing silence, while the same staffer whispered in his ear and Cruz patiently waited for an answer. After 14 seconds, Mair leaned forward and said:

Mair: “The answer is yes and, uh, essentially, uh, we rest on our position.”

Cruz: “You said you are familiar with the Pause, so to what does the phrase “the Pause” refer?

Mair leaned back again to allow the staffer to whisper in his ear. Mair eventually sat up straight again but didn’t say a word. After another 14 seconds of cumulative science, Cruz asked again:

Cruz: “I’m sorry, you said you were familiar with that term. So I asked to what does it refer?”

Mair leaned back again for help. A few seconds later, Mair straightened up again and responded, “Essentially it is a slow in global warming during the ‘40s, sir.”

Cruz: “During the ’40s? Is it not the term that global warming alarmists have used to explain the ‘inconvenient truth,’ to use a phrase popularized by former Vice President Al Gore, that the satellite data over the last 18 years demonstrate no significant warming whatsoever? Global warming alarmists call that “the Pause” because the computer models say there should be dramatic warming, and yet the actual satellites taking the measurement don’t show any significant warming.”

Mair: “But Senator, 97 percent of the scientists concur and agree that there is global warming, and anthropogenic impact with regards to global warming.”

Cruz: “The problem with that statistic that gets cited a lot is that it’s based on one bogus study. And indeed your response . . . I would point out your response is quite striking. I asked about the science and the evidence, the actual data. We have satellites, they’re measuring temperature. That should be relevant. And your answer was, ‘Pay no attention to your lying eyes, and the numbers, that the satellites show. Instead, listen to the scientists who are receiving massive grants, who tell us, do not debate the science.’”

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The term, “the Pause,” contrary to Mair’s assertion, is not a phrase commonly applied to the 1940s. While it is true that global temperatures declined from the 1940s through the 1970s – even as carbon dioxide emissions rose significantly – the term, “the Pause” commonly refers to an ongoing prolonged lack of global temperature rise that goes back at least to 2002 and quite possibly to the mid-1990s, depending on how one views the data. A chart of NASA satellite-measured global temperatures going back to 1979 compiled by Remote Sensing Systems is available here. Another chart of NASA satellite-measured global temperatures compiled by climate scientists at the University of Alabama in Huntsville appears below and shows similar results. Mair’s apparent unfamiliarity with the term is quite shocking for the president of an organization that frequently attempts to assert itself into the global warming debate.

UAHGlobal temperatures have not risen for well over a decade. Chart source: drroyspencer.com.

Even more importantly, Cruz’s line of questioning and Mair’s answers illustrate a primary line of division in the global warming debate. Global warming activists like Mair tell us the most trustworthy sources of authority regarding climate science are computer model forecasts and “surveys” of scientists misrepresented by activist groups such as the Union of Concerned Scientists. Skeptics like Cruz counter that the most trustworthy sources of authority are real-world data, facts, and evidence.

The computer models did not predict a global warming pause and cannot account for it. The Pause continues and global warming activists present new excuses and new denials every day. Nevertheless, the facts are the facts, and the facts show there has been no global warming for anywhere between 13 and 18 years. This year’s middle school graduates – and quite possibly this year’s high school graduates – have experienced no global warming in their lifetimes.

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    Squidly

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    “Embarras” is a severe understatement. I would encourage people to watch the exchange, as it is all anyone needs to know about the “global warming” .. errr… “climate change” [b]SCAM[/b]! … it is simply breathtaking.

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    Amber

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    Sierra Club president actually embarrassed himself and his organization by looking incompetent ,ill-informed and a toady to the people sitting behind explaining basic facts .
    People need to see more of the ventriloquist act to really understand what level of incompetence exists with lobby groups like the Sierra “Club “.
    Senator Cruz had his way with the lobby group .

    Sitting their silent when asked a question was the beast they could do . What a joke .

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    Amber

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    The Sierra “Club ” looked like a ventriloquist act only less informed . What are they afraid of … the earth has fever must be good for their “club “based on the stalled replies to basic questions .Evasive and outright silence of their front man shredder their credibility in minutes .
    Who were the guys assisting him to answer basic question ?

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      JayPee

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      The Sierra Club has become a farce. Gone are the pre-WW2 Ansel Adams days. The more they as well as any other used to be noble group endorse politics, the more they expose themselves as cheap phonies.

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    Steven Capozzola

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    -this is not a long article, but it captures the duplicitous/disingenuous efforts of the “climate community” to stick to their party line, despite the facts. Essentially, global temperatures have flatlined for 18 years now. There has been no global warming for 18 years. But the climate alarmists won’t admit this.

    By the way, this “pause” in the expected rise in temperatures (ie. the “global warming” projected by computer models) shouldn’t be surprising. For one thing, solar activity has plummeted over that time. (In contrast to 150 years of steady, strong solar activity from the mid-1800’s onward, we’re now seeing a rapid drop-off in solar activity, which doesn’t bode well for a warm climate over the next 20-30 years.) Also, carbon dioxide rapidly fades as a greenhouse gas. We’re now at 400 parts per million of CO2 content in the atmosphere. CO2 is essentially saturated and can’t offer any more meaningful heat-trapping.

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    Amber

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    The best possible thing is to get global warming alarmist salesman in front of cameras . You would think the Sierra Club would have put forward a team that made their cause not unraveled it .
    Thank you Sierra Club.. you just keep talking .

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    GR82DRV

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    If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to have your pants pulled off in public just watch Ted Cruz cross examine this Marxist phony.

    This is what happens when factual data collides with political charlatanism. The witness stand is the one place where no media cheerleaders or paid protesters can bail you out. Mr. Mair is obviously accustomed to being held unaccountable for his statements, as are most on the global warming left, and the results are deliciously painful to watch.

    The eco-left has become so arrogant and dismissive that they clearly believe anyone who disagrees with their canards is some kind of troglodyte. One of Mr. Mair’s toadies seated behind him might have warned that Ted Cruz is a Princeton-educated Harvard Law School grad with 9 cases argued before the United States Supreme Court, but it’s unlikely that they considered such a possibility as they walked in the doors of that hearing room.

    Merely saying that science is “settled” or claiming that 97% of scientists agree with AGW just doesn’t cut it on expert cross-examination – as the video shows.

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    old44

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    I had to laugh when Aaron Mair made reference to The Union of Concerned Scientists, for a joke I enrolled my wife in that organisation and the limit of her scientific expertise is flicking a switch to turn the light on.

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      GR82DRV

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      Yes, as opposed to The Union of Unconcerned Scientists…

      What a joke.

      All liberals have to do is put words like “concerned”, “caring”, “for children”, etc into a title and [b]SHAZAM![/b], instant credibility!

      Likewise, anytime you see the word “planet” in a title the odds are that the bull$#!+ quota is through the roof.

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    Amber

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    When the climate modellers have time to pull themselves away from trying to figure out how their predictions are off by hundreds of percent
    perhaps they could do a correlation between scary global warming exaggerations and fund raising returns to “clubs’ and non-profit green guilt promoters .

    How does a “club” decide how to set the pay for the top three execs ? Is there a bonus scheme that ties to fund raising ?

    What kind of taxes does a club pay and do they
    receive government grants from the EPA and other federal and state agencies ?

    What overlap is their with the Union of Concerned Scientists … Who ever they are ?

    Who pays the Union Of Concerned Scientists ?
    Who are the top executives ?

    The Sierra Club likes to refer to the Union of Concerned Scientists so isn’t it time the Union of Concerned Scientists also got to pay a visit to Congress ?

    Funny how they failed to say they relied on the IPCC . Of course their former leader resigned when sexual harassment allegations where leveled at him so maybe the IPCC is going to fade off into the sunset now that they produced their scary sound bits while discrediting climate studies with their absurd comments .

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    Amber

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    The sierra Club obviously saw the Senate hearing as an opportunity to make grossly exaggerated sound bites. They just came across as a little clutch of uninformed, incompetent stone wallers .

    They did confirm that if presented with facts that differed from their claim of a cooking planet they would not revisit their claim . Real mature .

    Is there a correlation between the exaggeration and funding revenue ? If the claim was the earth is about to boil would more checks flow in ?

    Groups like this need to be brought out for people to form their own opinions . Can’t wait for the Union of Concerned Scientists show .

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    Tlacatecatl Tlacaxipe

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    So, according to the graph, temperatures are rising.

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    Gator

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    I heard that the Sun rose yesterday, must be my fault.

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    Me

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    Couldn’t be the Sun, it has nothing to do with anything apparently?@#%!

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    JayPee

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    The ” Sun ” is mere illusion.
    An holographic projection to lend visibility to the ” Moon ” the abode of AAHHH-LLAHHH who twiddles with his appendage to secretly collude with the tobacco and oil companies to plot the downfall of man.

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    Me

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    And they said somethang about peak oil and running out way back when. Now there is more than we can consume, Talk aqbout price fixing, I bet nothing will be done about this? And how many years has this collusion been going on?

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