Through a Cracked Lens: Rohrabacher on Climate Science

August 11, 2013

Congressman Dana Rohrabacher of California has long been known as a crank climate denialist, but you may wonder – is it just an act to please a constituency, or are climate deniers really THAT stupid?

Listen to the speech, (mercifully short clip) hear the audience reaction, draw your own conclusions.

Below, if you haven’t seen it, Rohrabacher confronts Dr. Richard Alley in a congressional hearing.


21 Responses to “Through a Cracked Lens: Rohrabacher on Climate Science”

  1. shaneburgel Says:

    I think I just threw up in my mouth a little bit…

  2. Also from Eisenhower’s Speech:

    As we peer into society’s future, we — you and I, and our government — must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering, for our own ease and convenience, the precious resources of tomorrow. We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage.

  3. Nick Carter Says:

    Eisenhower also signed the Executive Order that created NASA. One of NASA’s mission statements was to protect the wellbeing of the planet. According to James Hanson, GW Bush ordered that statement struck from the books. 😦

    • greenman3610 Says:

      fyi, the offending Eisenhower comments on science – which only fit in Rohrabacher’s narrative if you believe that climate science is a gummint plot.

      “…Akin to, and largely responsible for the sweeping changes in our industrial-military posture, has been the technological revolution during recent decades.

      In this revolution, research has become central; it also becomes more formalized, complex, and costly. A steadily increasing share is conducted for, by, or at the direction of, the Federal government.

      Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his shop, has been overshadowed by task forces of scientists in laboratories and testing fields. In the same fashion, the free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research. Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity. For every old blackboard there are now hundreds of new electronic computers.

      The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present

      and is gravely to be regarded. Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientifictechnological elite.

      It is the task of statesmanship to mold, to balance, and to integrate these and other forces, new and old, within the principles of our democratic system — ever aiming toward the supreme goals of our free society….”

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