Democrat senators try to stifle debate about 'climate change'

Fuel Fix:
A coalition of 19 top Democrats took the senate floor Monday afternoon to call for an end to what they referred to as the fossil fuel industry’s “web of denial” on climate change, calling out companies including Irving-based Exxon Mobil.

Among those speaking were Virginia Senator Tim Kaine and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, both reported to be on the short list as Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential running mate.

“We have to be open to different points of view, but when the science is settled and people who know better are fighting against it we should know better,” Kaine said.

For years a handful of Senate Democrats like Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse have called on companies including Exxon and Koch Industries to cease funding to think tanks and trade groups that question research showing temperatures on earth are rising.

But a resolution introduced Monday by Whitehouse and Rep. Ted Lieu, D-California, claimed fossil fuel companies had used a “misinformation campaign to mislead the public and cast doubt in order to protect their financial interest.” The measure drew support from a wide cast of senators that also included Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and veteran New York Senator Chuck Schumer.

Kent Lassman, president of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a libertarian think tank, sharply criticized the resolution and Whitehouse’s attacks on the fossil fuel industry.

“Apparently, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is the new Senator Joe McCarthy and green is the new blacklist,” Lassman said in a statement. ” It is unhealthy for democracy and abusive when members of Congress create an enemies list based on policy positions.”
They are acting in bad faith.  How many of them are still using limos to get around Washington DC?  How many of them regularly take air travel or other forms of transportation that relies on fossil fuels to go to their home states?   They are hypocrites when it comes to actually reducing their own carbon footprint.

If the science is settled why can't the proponents of the theory explain what the assumptions in their models are that have made them so inaccurate in predicting increased temperatures?  Their inability to explain why the models do not work suggest at a minimum it is not very scientific.  It looks like conjecture by those with a financial interest in getting government grants to study the issue.


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