The Top 5 Things that Keep Me Awake at Night. Jennifer Francis Testimony July 18, 2013

July 22, 2013

Dr. Jennifer Francis of Rutgers has become one of our most valuable players on the communication side of climate science.

I’m happy to see she had a chance to testify last week before the  Environment and Public Works Committee chaired by Senator Boxer. A worthy way to spend 5 minutes. Good for her, for calling out those she diplomatically refers to as “climate misleaders”.

I have not had the chance to review the whole hearing yet, but as I find other gems, will post here.

PDF of testimony here.

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10 Responses to “The Top 5 Things that Keep Me Awake at Night. Jennifer Francis Testimony July 18, 2013”

  1. NevenA Says:

    The climate misleaders will carry a heavy burden if AGW turns out to be a problem after all. I don’t envy them, no matter how much money they’re making right now.

    • junkdrawer88 Says:

      Assuming they have a conscience. Love to see THAT correlation studied.

    • andrewfez Says:

      Sadly, like today’s mortgage backed security misleaders and other folks playing financial shenanigans a la 2000 to 2008, and all the Weapons of Mass Destruction misleaders of the same era, they probably won’t be held accountable. You can’t hold a 1%er accountable for anything, unless he causes property damage to that of other 1%ers.


  2. Each success by these climate misleaders does more harm to us all. Their action is amoral and may well be criminal in the most basic sense.

  3. Jean Mcmahon Says:

    Sen Inhofe (R Okla)has been on that committee for a long time…also the chair for a long time..He has got to be a psychopathic liar to act like he does not know what is going on,as he has heard the experts speak and he would get “Lord” Monckmorton to be his witness who is not even a scientist..

    • jimbills Says:

      They do know what is going on. This all a charade. Dr. Francis is awesome, of course, but how many years of committee hearings just like this one have we had? The majority party gets slightly over half the speakers, and the minority party gets slightly under half. The Senators and Representatives have heard the science over and over and over, and most of them have at least above average intelligence.

      They don’t care. They get elected by people who prefer to believe the misinformation, their election campaigns are heavily funded by those companies and interest groups that would be hurt by climate change legislation, and most of them have strong beliefs that America is only strong by continuing what it has done the past 100 years (as if that’s a realistic option).

      They have zero incentive to act on what they hear, and every incentive not to. They pretend to be complete believers in the misinformation – but they’re just playing the game. The science doesn’t fit their interests, and they know it.

    • jimbills Says:

      BTW, the two experts that Infofe and Vitter had speak for their ‘side’ were Drs. Roger Pielke, Jr. and Roy Spencer. Spencer mocks the 97% consensus thing by saying he’s a part of that 97% (but he believes man’s CO2 has a negligible effect), he says Dr. Francis is giving a half-truth about Arctic sea ice because she didn’t mention Antarctica has gained in ice, and he ends by questioning if the changes aren’t actually natural.

      All denier fallbacks. It’s the same thing over and over and over and over….

  4. oscarinfw Says:

    Too bad it will take the next El Nino cycle to hopefully finally clue the general public into DEMANDING Congress take concrete measures to address not only reduction of carbon emissions but also pro-actively attempt to mitigate the effects of sea level rise, dramatically altered weather patterns and ocean acidification, the later two (2) effects causing a dramatic reduction in available food supply.


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