Today EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy testified before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on climate regulation. The EPA is imposing countless billions of dollars in costs on American industry in reliance on computer models that claim global warming is a serious threat. Problem is, everyone who pays attention knows that the models have been proven wrong.
President Obama, as usual, appeals to those who don’t pay attention. He has asserted repeatedly that “the climate is warming faster than anybody anticipated five or ten years ago.” This is simply false; in fact, there has been no net global warming for the last 17 years. So this morning, Senator Jeff Sessions asked Gina McCarthy a simple question: Is the claim that President Obama has made repeatedly, that the Earth has warmed more than predicted by the models over the last ten years, true? McCarthy hemmed and hawed, but refused to answer the question, because the only possible answer is “No.” Here is the exchange:
These are the exhibits that Sessions used for his questioning of McCarthy:
Two further points are worth noting. First, this was no surprise attack: Sessions has written to McCarthy on two occasions to provide whatever support the EPA has for President Obama’s assertions. The EPA has failed to do so. He also asked McCarthy whether she could support Obama’s claims during McCarthy’s confirmation hearing on April 11, 2013, at which time McCarthy promised to look into the issue.
Second, the question goes to the heart of the Obama administration’s effort to hamstring industry and subsidize its solar cronies. No empirical observation supports global warming hysteria. On the contrary, the entire edifice of “climate regulation”–an absurd concept in itself–is built on the climate models, which are designed by scientists who receive billions of dollars from the world’s governments to produce the results that those governments want. But here is the thing about a scientific model: if it generates predictions that are empirically wrong, then the model is no good. Period. End of conversation.
So the question Sessions posed to McCarthy was absolutely vital. The fact that she can’t answer it speaks volumes about the bankruptcy of the global warming movement.