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March 26, 2013 at 4:52 PM
OLYMPIA — The Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee hosted a global warming skeptic on Tuesday who testified for more than an hour that it’s a bunch of hooey.
Don Easterbrook, an emeritus geology professor from Western Washington University, told lawmakers that there is no global warming, that the Antarctic ice sheet is not melting, sea levels are not rising and severe storms are not increasing in frequency.
And one more: “CO2 cannot possibly cause global warming. The reason is because there is so little of it. It is a trace gas,” Easterbrook said. “If you double nothing you still have nothing.”
Easterbrook was invited by the panel’s chairman, GOP Sen. Doug Ericksen, of Ferndale, who has said he has doubts about climate change himself.
Ericksen’s committee recently stripped language out of a bill, requested by Gov. Jay Inslee, that asserted the state was experiencing a series of problems because of climate change. Inslee has testifed that there’s no debate about the science and that Washington should become a leader in dealing with climate change.
Democrats on the committee questioned Easterbrook’s statements.
“I understand that last November was the globe’s 333rd month of above average global temperatures,” Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island said, referring to studies he’d read. “What’s your opinion of the data I have which seems contrary to what you are putting forward?”
Easterbrook’s response was that government agencies had changed the data Ranker was using to make it look like the climate has warmed. “I don’t doubt it’s contrary … what you are looking at is the data that has been tampered with by NOAA and NASA,” Easterbrook said,
Ranker also questioned the professor’s assertions that the media refused to cover the truth.
Easterbrook said, “How many headlines have you seen that say we have unprecedented global warming and how many headlines have you seen that say gee folks the climate is cooling? … The answer from my own personal experience is none.”
TVW covered the Senate hearing. You can watch the video here.
October 4, 2012 at 6:00 AM
Join us Thursday at1 p.m. on the Politics Northwest blog for a live chat on Initiative 1185. If passed by voters, the initiative would continue earlier efforts requiring a two-thirds vote of the Legislature to raise taxes. This initiative is a son — or cousin — of previous initiatives passed by voters over the years to require a high threshold for tax increases. The measures were proposed by initiative proponent Tim Eyman.
Participating in discussion will be state Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, who calls himself a leading voice in Olympia for fiscal and policy reforms. Ericksen is currently trying to find bi-partisan support for a constitutional amendment to require a two-thirds vote to raise taxes. Ericken believes that the threshold is necessary to focus the legislature on the quality and costs of the services the government provides to the public.
Also with us at 1 p.m. will be Doug MacDonald, former secretary of transportation for Washington state from 2001 to 2007. MacDonald is retired and lives in Seattle. He has been a spokesperson against earlier initiatives proposed by Eyman, including measures that would have eliminated restrictions in high-occupancy vehicle lanes on highways in our state. MacDonald fought another initiative that would have banned variable tolling at different times of the day.
The chat is focused on reader questions. Feel free to send those in advance to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org Times’ reporter Andrew Garber will participate from Olympia. I will be the moderator.
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