Sen. McCain Holds Junk Science Climate Hearing

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Washington, D.C., September 15, 2004—Today Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is again holding hearings on the possible impacts of climate change and is again failing to present an accurate picture of the relevant science.  Pursuing his policy of favoring alarmist predictions over balanced debate, the Commerce Committee Chairman leads a stacked witness list chosen to bolster support for his own legislative agenda.


Witnesses are expected to detail dramatic scenarios of localized climate impacts—reduced snowfall in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, increasing drought in California’s wine-growing regions—despite the widely acknowledged inability of current science to make such predictions.


“The claims that one state will be impacted by climate change in a specific way are based on computer models that are simply not able to make such predictions,” said Myron Ebell, Director of Global Warming & International Environmental Policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.  “Forecasting climate catastrophe state by state may be helpful in scaring the population of a particular part of the country, but it isn’t scientifically honest.”



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Myron Ebell

Director of Global Warming & International Environmental Policy


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Iain Murray

Senior Fellow


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