Conservatives keep compiling a collection of videos that future generations will ponder with combination of anger and bewilderment. Here’s the lastest, courtesy of Think Progress.
Last year, Gov. Mitch Daniels (R-IN) attacked the House’s climate change bill saying that “it looks like imperialism” because of the cap-and-trade provisions in the bill. However, Daniels refrained from addressing climate change science, saying that it is “being addressed by others.”
But yesterday on C-Span, Daniels weighed in on the science and it appears that he comes down on the side of the global warming deniers:
DANIELS: In terms of climate change, I think that everyone would be well advised to take a substantial time out. There’s been nothing but dubious news about the science of all this now for about a year, including apparent scientific wrongdoing. Meanwhile, we’re left with a situation where even if the zealots had their way, and the most extreme measures were taken, by their own computer models, we don’t move the world thermometer at all.
In referring to “apparent scientific wrongdoing,” Daniels is presumably referring the the so-called “Climate-Gate” non-scandal in which scientists at the University of East Angila’s Climatic Research Unit in the UK were accused by conspiracy theorists of tampering with data in order to exaggerate the threat of global warming.
However, just last week, the House of Commons’ Science and Technology Committee cleared the scientists of any “wrongdoing,” concluding that “the scientific reputation of [the scientists] and CRU remains intact.” The committee said that there is no evidence that data presented by the CRU challenges the scientific consensus that “global warming is happening and that it is induced by human activity.”
Moreover, it’s unclear whose “computer models” Daniels is referring to when he claims “extreme measures” won’t reduce global warming. The Met Office Hadley Centre, the UK’s “foremost climate change research centre,” found that taking “rapid” action to reduce greenhouse gases in 2010 could prevent average world temperatures from increasing by up to 4.3 degrees Celsius.
The International Panel on Climate Change has concluded that global warming and climate change are real and that it is man made. In fact, a panel of eminent U.S. and European scientists recently “confirmed the widespread scientific consensus that the Earth’s climate is warming due to human activities.”