4-8-15 – Senate To Issue Climate Resolution

by John McClaughry

On March 25 I testified against a VPIRG-sponsored  Senate resolution (S.R.7)  declaring that the “warming in the climate system is unequivocal,” and “human influence on the climate system is clear.”

First off, there is no doubt that warming in the climate system is unequivocal. The planet has warmed since 1850 when the Little Ice Age ended, and humankind is vastly better off for it.

As for human influence on the climate system being clear, one should ask, show me the evidence.  How much of today’s climate is due to solar irradiation, planetary motions, and oceanic oscillations, and how much to human greenhouse gas emissions?

That’s a sticky wicket for the climate lobby. Most everybody, including me, agrees that human activities, including greenhouse gas emissions, must have some effect on the climate. The questions are just how much, is it worth spending trillions of dollars to reduce the human contribution, and would it make any detectable difference?

As a (one time) physicist I am perfectly willing to pursue the science of climate, but I have nothing but utter contempt for the people who throw out absurd “consensus” studies, or fabricate “hockey stick” graphs, or suppress publication of scientific articles that don’t agree with their sham “consensus”, or offer computer simulations of climate that indisputably do not describe past, known climate data, or insist on sweeping tax and regulatory enactments to spare our grandchildren from an “unspeakably horrid future” (Peter Shumlin’s formulation), all the time feeding their crony capitalist pals in the renewable industrial complex (Peter Shumlin’s implementation).

(My testimony is on video at  https://youtu.be/MjSl6cewNYw

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– John McClaughry is vice president of the Ethan Allen Institute


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Jean Charles April 9, 2015 at 1:18 am

I spent most of my working life in Research and Development ( R&D) .This means I have an unbiased mind when it comes to scientific data and Charts.
Few years ago a Weather Report News caster came to Lyndon-ville and gave a presentation on global warming in our Public Library.
I sat thru it and at the end I was frustrated because I saw no Correlation in his charts. There is no IBM manager who would accept this data as proof of anything. I need to be convinced with reliable data.
Thanks for reading,


Chris Campion April 9, 2015 at 1:52 am

Shumlin predicted, a few years ago, that Vermont’s winter – this year – would be like New Jersey’s. How’s that prediction working out? There’s nothing quite like the catastrophically uninformed being at the helm when making policy decisions. We’d be better off getting a room full of angry monkeys to decide what to do about climate change – if we can indeed do even one small, fractional thing about it – than have a politician make that decision for us. It’s a political decision, not a scientific one, and that way lies madness, as hundreds of billions have been spent through governments for the past couple of decades on, well, nothing of value.


jim bulmer April 10, 2015 at 9:21 pm

With all the ills facing the state, the last thing the clowns in Montpelier need to be wasting the tax payers time on is climate change. How about rising property taxes? How about rising income taxes? How about the ever increasing cost of education? How about the ever dwindling number of young folks staying in state? How about the exidous of small businesses? How about the rising cost of electricity?


Doug Richmond, Underhill April 11, 2015 at 3:11 pm

Chris Campion, Now how did Shummy know that New jersey was going to have such a cold winter? Our weather was like New Jerseys.
Our after Christmas trip south by camper was not to be because the weather all the way to S Carolina was mighty cold, and stayed that way all up and down the east coast.
Shummy is smarter than we knew!
I’m 70 and I grew up with the drumbeat of the coming ice age, what goes around comes around


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