Sunday, November 11th 2012, 4:11 AM EST
To The Honorable Fred Upton: Chairman Committee on Energy & Commerce
To The Honorable Ed Whitfield: Chairman Subcommittee on Energy & Power
U.S. House of Representatives
From Professor Fred Singer and others
Dear Chairman Upton and Chairman Whitfield:
The recent election should be a time to return to fact-based policy making. This is especially true in energy policy.
Last week, a tropical storm intensified by meeting two other storms struck the East Coast. The storm battered the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern states, devastating portions of New York and New Jersey and resulting in more than 8 million homes losing electricity from the Carolinas to Wisconsin. Experts are projecting $10 bn in damages and lost business.
Hurricane Sandy was a freak storm, not the type of extreme weather event that climate scientists have said will become more frequent and more severe if we fail to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide (which is not a pollutant). That is why we are writing to request that you do not hold a hearing on the storm and its very limited relation to climate change in the lame duck session.
Some of us have testified before the Energy and Commerce Committee on several occasions to request that the Committee exercise due caution when hearing rent-seeking scientists and other global warming profiteers who try to exploit every extreme-weather event.
After almost 16 years without global warming, there are still a few who implausibly try to blame this non-existent global warming for causing various weather-related disasters in the past two or three years, and who invite you to hold hearings on it. Commendably, you have not once responded to or even acknowledged their requests.
Global warming that has not actually occurred can scarcely have contributed much to the vast devastation wrought by tropical storm Sandy. So there is no need for you reconsider your approach to vested interests asking you to hold pointless hearings.
For two years, the House of Representatives has realized that global warming is not happening and that the consequences of a decade and a half without any warming can be dismissed without concern. With the election behind us, we will have an opportunity to begin again and give this matter the attention it deserves – none at all. We urge you to seize this opportunity not to hold a hearing during the lame duck session.
(Professor) Fred Singer
(Dr.) Bill Gray
(Dr.) Willie Soon
Monckton of Brenchley