Thursday, February 12th 2009, 5:43 PM EST
‘If the choice is wash your clothes in the ditch or put in electricity that’s generated by a coal-fired power plant so that you can actually buy a washing machine, most people are going to build the coal-fired power plant’
WASHINGTON – Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Joe Barton, R-Texas, today made the following statement during the Energy and Environment Subcommittee hearing entitled, “The Climate Challenge: National Security Threats and Economic Opportunities”:
“I am skeptical that mankind is causing global warming. I do agree that the climate is changing – that’s self-evident. But because I’m a registered professional engineer, I have a problem with finding that mankind is the cause after I look at all the evidence of the past cycles to see what’s different from this one. The expert IPCC models, unless they’ve miraculously improved them in the last four months, don’t even do a very good job of predicting the past. Half the time they get the degree of change and direction wrong even though they know all the factors exactly. Maybe that’s changed some in the last six months and maybe some of these witnesses can educate me on that.
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