Here’s the inside skinny. It was 4 on 2 (NRDC’s David Hawkins and me vs. the other witnesses). You can read my testimony here and all the witness statements here – not that I would recommend doing so unless you are a serious liquid coal junkie like me.
About 10 members of Congress were there at any given time — about evenly split on how they view liquid coal. The ranking Republican on the full committee, Ralph Hall from the great state of Texas, interrogated me at length — trying to get me to say that I was anti-fossil fuel, that I was pro tax (or that a cap and trade system was the same as a tax), and that I never offered any solution to the global warming problem. I think I held my own.
Wildman Roscoe Bartlett (R – MD) was the most forceful advocate against the stupidity of liquid coal and hydrogen. He came up to me after the hearing and said “We need to be much more aggressive on conservation and efficiency.” I gave him the one copy of Hell and High Water that I brought.
Surprising — at least to me — the opening statement that most closely matched my own view came from the ranking Republican on the Subcommittee, Bob Ingliss, from SC: