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Science advisor John Holdren on the hacked emails and the state of climate science

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Plus Rep. Inslee’s Q&A and Markey’s closing statement


I’ll post Lubchenco’s equally terrific opening statement — which includes a couple of science demonstrations (!) on ocean acidification — when they are up. You can see all the videos and photos here.

Here is the closing statement of Chairman Markey (D-MA):

Here is the Q&A period of Rep. Inslee (D-WA):

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11 Responses to Science advisor John Holdren on the hacked emails and the state of climate science

  1. Sam says:

    How come you didn’t post the statements by Sensenbrenner and the other Republican’ts that used the CRU emails to make a case against the validity of all climate science, the objectivity of Holdren, the integrity of the scientific process, etc.

    It seems that the future of the ACC debate in the US Congress will be *heavily* impacted by these emails.

    What a nightmare.

    [JR: Because those anti-scientific ideologues are saying the same thing they have said for years, so there's no "news." I don't typically republish long-debunked disinformation.]

  2. Dan L. says:

    What a nightmare.

    Yes.

    I hope I am wrong, but I think people who understand that the validity of the science is unchanged are seriously underestimating the damage done by the CRU hack.

  3. Sam says:

    If by the “validity” of the science, you mean the public’s perception of the validity of the science, you are unfortunately correct.

    However, the public always misunderstands, misinterprets, or just isn’t acquainted with the vast majority of science that impacts policy and their life. Assessing the validity of science has always been the duty of educated professionals, and based on the last 100 years or so, it’s worked out pretty well in a lot of different ways (medicine, for example).

    The only reason the vocal segment of the population that vehemently denies climate change is so passionate about the CRU emails is because they’re fanatical about governmental/scientific/ecofascist conspiracy theories. Not because they care about the validity of the science. How can people who resist any effort to understand the fundamentals of cimate science control the debate about the validity of the science?

  4. “The data set in question…constitutes a very small part of the immense body of data and analysis on which our understanding on the issue of climate change rests.” — John Holdren

    The allegation and speculations by climate change skeptics have been running rampant. We wrote about the hack and it generated some of the most passionate, unusual and mean-spirited comments since we launched Green Energy Reporter. Holdren brings much needed perspective.

  5. djrabbit says:

    Thank god for John Holdren, it seems like he is living up to his high billing. It was also heartening to see Inslee and Markey stand up for the scientific enterprise: “These scientist are our best people in our country, and they are joined by thousands of others … across the world.”

  6. Dan L. says:

    How can people who resist any effort to understand the fundamentals of cimate science control the debate about the validity of the science?

    Chief Inspector Dreyfus to Inspector Clouseau: “How can an idiot be a policeman? Answer me that!”

    It’s the Age of Stupid.

  7. Chris Winter says:

    Science demonstrations? Good on Dr. Lubchenko! This calls to mind the late Richard Feynman’s demonstration (dare I call it a trick?) with a glass of ice water and some space shuttle SRB joint putty.

  8. Brianna says:

    “However, the public always misunderstands, misinterprets, or just isn’t acquainted with the vast majority of science that impacts policy and their life. ”

    Oh no, the public is just a bunch of morons who doesn’t know what’s good for them and never will. Heaven forfend we actually allow them the right to decide for themselves what to think and believe. They need to be told by the benevolent experts and rulers, who will tell them all what to think and do if they just lay back, relax, and let the soma pills take over.

  9. Chris Winter says:

    Brianna, there is a group of folks who depend on the public being (or acting like) “just a bunch of morons.” The funny thing is, they generally turn out to be the folks trying to protect the status quo — like sales of cigarettes or, currently, of fossil fuels.

  10. Jeff North says:

    I can’t believe the egos I read here! The majority that question the “eco” politics of global warming are not questioning the change in the earths environment, we question the politics behind claiming to know the cause of changes. When so-called experts imply that by driving electric cars and planting grass on top of buildings will have an impact on the earths environment in light of the current growth in population and development of third world countries, then I don’t know who is un-educated. Also, remember, even educated folks are part of the “public”!

  11. BERNIE says:

    TIC TIC TIC…………