The Supreme Court has “upheld most of the Texas congressional map engineered by former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.” The Court did throw out an effort to shift 100,000 Hispanics “out of a district represented by a Republican incumbent and into a new, oddly shaped district,” finding the move violated the Voting Rights Act. More analysis here.
Your tax dollars are being used to fund a misinformation campaign about Al Gore’s movie, An Inconvenient Truth.
Yesterday, the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works issued a press release headlined “AP Incorrectly Claims Scientists Praise Gore’s Movie.” It doesn’t substantiate the claim. The AP contacted 100 climate scientists, including noted “climate skeptics,” and of the 19 that had seen the movie, all commended its accuracy.
The Committee release faulted the AP for not cherry-picking the handful of scientists around the world who make a living questioning the scientific consensus on global warming. For example, an Australian scientist named Bob Carter told an obscure Canadian paper that Gore’s arguments are “so weak that they are pathetic.” How could the AP exclude this kind of incisive analysis?
The release is also full of misinformation about global warming science. Here are just three of the most blatant errors:
1. The research of Dr. Michael Mann is “now-discredited.” A report released last week by the National Academy of Sciences, created to Congress to provide scientific guidance, found Mann’s research – which concluded the warming in the last several decades is unprecedented in the last 1000 years — “has subsequently been supported by an array of evidence.”
2. “Scientific reports” concluded Mt. Kilimanjaro’s glacier is not disappearing due to global warming. The climate scientists at realclimate.org explain studies of Kilimanjaro “only support the role of precipitation in the initial stages of the retreat, up to the early 1900′s.” Moreover, “the Kilimanjaro glacier survived a 300 year African drought which occurred about 4000 years ago.” The most likely explanation for why it has almost completely disappeared this time is “anthropogenic (human-induced) climate change.”
3. A literature review in the journal Science which claimed consensus on global warming is “flat out incorrect.” The release relies on the analysis of Benny Peiser, which was egregiously flawed. Benny claimed that 34 abstracts “doubted or rejected” the scientific consensus. Actually, there wasn’t a single peer-reviewed abstract that opposed the scientific consensus.
Marc Morano and Matt Dempsey, who work for the committee, encourage you to contact them about the release. Please be substantive and polite with any criticism.
“Top executives at oil giant Shell have begun a 50-city tour across the United States this summer in hopes of persuading angry consumers that Big Oil is not ripping them off.”
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) announced the Senate will not vote on a bill reducing the Paris Hilton Tax this week.
The administration sent Deputy Assistant Attorney General Michelle Boardman to the Hill yesterday to defend Bush’s use of signing statements to contravene laws passed by Congress. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) told her, “[Y]ou know, it’s almost irrelevant what you say because, once again, this administration has said”¦they don’t care what we think.” Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter (R-PA) said he is “seriously considering” filing legislation to give Congress legal standing to sue Bush over the issue.
Last October, Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott made headlines by announcing his support for an minimum wage increase. But now, critics say, “the company has abandoned Scott’s pledge” and “cynically dumped the issue, even as major trade groups it belongs to…help lead the fight against a higher minimum wage.”
Do Nothing Congress: The House will vote on a conservative-backed resolution “today or Thursday” that is expected to attack The New York Times for its recent disclosure of the government’s secret monitoring of Americans’ bank transactions. Read more