On Dec. 15, four “climate realists” testified before Canada’s Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources. The scientists were:
- Dr. Ross McKitrick, Professor, Department of Economics,University of Guelph.
- Dr. Ian D. Clark, Professor, Department of Earth Sciences,University of Ottawa.
- Dr. Jan Veizer, Distinguished University Professor, Emeritus, Department of Earth Sciences,University of Ottawa.
- Dr. Timothy Patterson, Professor of Geology, Department of Earth Sciences, CarletonUniversity.
Tom Harris, executive director of the International Climate Science Coalition and policy advisor for the environment for The Heartland Institute, put video of the testimony on YouTube, and we share them with you below. It is especially gratifying to see Dr. Clark (at right) hold up a copy of Climate Change Reconsidered: 2011 Interim Report, produced by Heartland, the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change, and the Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP). The 430-page book outlines the latest data on the climate. From the executive summary:
According to the new report, “natural causes are very likely to be [the] dominant” cause of climate change that took place in the twentieth and at the start of the twenty-first centuries. “We are not saying anthropogenic greenhouse gases (GHG) cannot produce some warming or have not in the past. Our conclusion is that the evidence shows they are not playing a substantial role.”
The authors of the new report go on to say “the net effect of continued warming and rising carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere is most likely to be beneficial to humans, plants, and wildlife.”
Again, we’re pleased and humbled that this book — edited by Craig D. Idso, Ph.D., Robert M. Carter, Ph.D., and S. Fred Singer, Ph.D. — is proving useful to policymakers in the Great White North. May the influence of its sound science spread.
To set up the video of the testimony before the Canadian Senate, here is Harris’ press release.
Climate Realist Scientists to Testify Today Before The Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural ResourcesTestimonies to focus on research results that refute the need
for greenhouse gas controls
Ottawa, Canada, December 15, 2011: “This morning, for the first time since 2005, scientists who do not accept the hypothesis that humanity’s carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions are causing dangerous global warming will testify before a Canadian government committee,” said Tom Harris, executive director of ICSC which is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada. “This hearing offers members of The Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources an outstanding opportunity to hear directly from some ofCanada’s leaders in climate change science and economics.”
And here’s the video: