December 10, 2015

"I am not a scientist. I am an author": WATCH Mark Steyn smack down US senators in climate change hearing

Rebel Staff

Bestselling author Mark Steyn was one of a number of "climate change" critics invited to testify at a US Senate subcommittee chaired by Senator Ted Cruz on Tuesday.

Today he writes:

On the morning of the event, Senator Bill Nelson, the Florida Democrat and Ranking Member, sent a message, warning me that I was obligated to "respect the decorum of the Senate". I've been invited to Buckingham Palace, the White House and parliaments around the world, and nobody has ever felt it necessary to pre-issue such a warning. In the event, the US Senate has no "decorum" worthy of respect, as we'll get to in a moment. (...)

By that I mean that, when my pal Ezra Levant and I gave evidence (as we say in the Westminster tradition) in the Canadian Parliament, members from all parties turned up and asked thoughtful and engaged questions. When we run into each other in Montreal, the representatives of the Bloc Québécois and I do not even agree on what country we're in. But that afternoon we had a pleasant and civilized exchange, and one that had some rewardingly non-partisan after-glow in the months that followed. (...)

In the US Senate, at least on Tuesday, senators wander in and out constantly. (...) Whether this meets the "decorum" of the Senate, it certainly doesn't meet the decorum of life...

Take this guy Brian Schatz, the Senator from Hawaii. He did his shtick, lobbed a softball at his witness, Rear Admiral Titley, and stood up to leave. I said I'd like to respond, and he demurred on the grounds that he was outta there, he had to get back to washing his hair or whatever. I said I'd still like to respond to what he said, and so I did -- to an empty chair.

Steyn continues:

So by the time Senator Ed Markey turned up, I'd had enough of it. Markey is the Massachusetts guy (whom I discussed on the radio with Howie Carr yesterday afternoon) and he began by comparing Rear Admiral Titley to Galileo - at which point I threw up my arms. I would have let this twaddle go, except that Markey then went on to insult the three scientists on my right.

What a mistake...

Steyn: Do you know what the winters were like at Plymouth Rock, senator?

Markey: Well, here is the thing. We...

Steyn: You don't. How long has your family been in Massachusetts?

Markey: We are new arrivals and I have to admit...

Steyn: You should have been in there in 1750.



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commented 2015-12-15 12:47:38 -0500
I used to think the onion was better, but now I just use the rebel for all of my funny/satire news stories, thanks guys!
commented 2015-12-13 11:55:19 -0500
how more practical and realistic can be what Mr Steyn is saying . Bring back problems to their localized roots ….for solving them…not giving an excuse for our selfie , juvenile leader and his ridiculous gang of cronies to cast their large carbon footprint abroad ….Shed truth on the real background facts..Bring idiots and sheep back on tract …. the world thanks you .
commented 2015-12-10 20:51:11 -0500
Those of us who believe that the truth and facts will prevail need to consider the very real possibility that they will not. To me this is the most serious aspect of the debate. I believe that there are people in positions of power and influence who are willfully and deliberately lying to the rest of us. The purpose behind these lies is not fully understood. Many people on the climate change crusade genuinely believe the narrative. This is troubling in itself. When we combine the credulity of wealthy and so called educated and free born citizens with the corruption of science, dishonesty of the media, and complicity of politicians we are in a frightening period of history. I do not think I am overstating the situation. The climate change narrative will impact the globe but it will not be due to changes in temperature. The results intended by the propagation of this political movement are to impose more government control on people everywhere.
commented 2015-12-10 18:36:06 -0500
mark that was beautiful. their arguement is so weak that they must ban the truth is at least comical and at worst tyranical. we will win, because science and truth are still on our side. when people still tell me 98% believe in their crap, still pisses me off, but ELM[environmental lying movement] are dying hooray hooray. common sense wins any and all arguements. you, marc, and tim and so many others deserve so much respect from our planet and can only wish you my best wishes.
commented 2015-12-10 16:32:49 -0500
commented 2015-12-10 16:29:43 -0500
commented 2015-12-10 16:20:07 -0500
Hmm…The jihadists know that their religious views cannot stand up to serious debate, so they kill those who present arguments to their beliefs. Then we have global climatologists who know that their views cannot stand up to serious scientific debate, so they have to do what must be done to silence that debate.
commented 2015-12-10 15:56:39 -0500
I so enjoy watching Canadian journalist/writer/savior, Mark Steyn use logic, reason, facts, common sense and moral absolutes to tear these retarded criminals new excretory orifices…
LIZA ROSIE says, “Senator Cruz was brilliant as chairman of the committee.”
Ted Cruz was born in Calgary in 1970…
This pair of Canadians are making a big difference.
commented 2015-12-10 14:43:54 -0500
I thought that’s basically what I meant when I said, " and the climate change apologists were not moved by anyone’s logic."
I don’t know what you mean.
commented 2015-12-10 14:20:42 -0500
No Liz, indeed the Congressman there basically invoked “consensus”.
commented 2015-12-10 14:20:28 -0500
I loved Mark’s approach to what could have been done, but wasn’t, to mitigate the destruction done by Sandy. Can’t get more common sense than that!
commented 2015-12-10 14:14:54 -0500
I watched the whole thing live on Mark’s website, and the climate change apologists were not moved by anyone’s logic. But the fact that the common sense, questioning side was allowed to be expressed was heartening. Senator Cruz was brilliant as chairman of the committee.
commented 2015-12-10 14:13:06 -0500
Sage wisdom: If a scientific theory is so fallible it must be protected from debate or questioning, it is not science – it is politics.
commented 2015-12-10 13:58:03 -0500
It is refreshing to listen to someone make sense of the climate myth. Well said Mark.
commented 2015-12-10 13:43:15 -0500
The alarmists truly are circling the wagons. They must know that they are wrong, because if they don’t, then they truly are stupid. This is a religion to them, and as with all radical religions, it is defended by employing vilification, damnation, and outright attacks on the person, their livelihood, and their reputation. Exactly as we have been seeing for the past 15 years from the alarmists.
commented 2015-12-10 13:24:58 -0500
hey Dicaprio says its bad, must be one of those 97% (fool never heard of an Alberta Chinook before)
commented 2015-12-10 12:37:23 -0500
Using the term “deniars” is disgusting. But it shows the left has only personal attacks and not ideas.
commented 2015-12-10 11:30:29 -0500
Climate change is a front for global taxation, global government and global law enforcement, engineered out of Europe, for Europe to remain in control of the planet.
commented 2015-12-10 11:27:38 -0500
The climate change assholes drag this argument out, with no urgency to resolve anything.

Climate change is a front for global taxation, global government and global taxation engineered out of Europe, for Europe to remain in control of the planet.

This European based scam is threaded throughout Europe and US politicians (both Dems and Rinos).
commented 2015-12-10 11:19:35 -0500
Peter Netterville – I agree with your assessment, Junior is the stupidest PM ever in Canada. Every time I see the word stupid, I think of a couple of my nephews, when they were acting out, they weren’t allowed to call each other stupid, so they called each other “Stupe”, so that technically they wouldn’t feel my sister’s wrath.
commented 2015-12-10 11:08:21 -0500
Bruce, I know what you mean. Our (Canadas’) delegation of “scientists” included the group you listed, along with the stupidest PM Canada has ever had.
commented 2015-12-10 11:05:23 -0500
Ya gotta respect Mark Stein for saying it as it is. I noticed that all of those advocating for massive expenditures to combat global warming could only say either “I didn’t ask you a question so you cannot reply.” or to quote 97% of scientists … … over and over. They could not refute any facts thrown their way nor did they have any response. It’s all a scam and the perpetrators of this “anthropogenic climate change” scam should be charges for fraud. All of them.
commented 2015-12-10 11:02:40 -0500
Markey said; According to the ‘scientists’ in Paris right now. Hmmm All I seen there was a collection of leftist politician parasites and their entourages, enviro hysterics and UN one world government pushers. Arguably Paris was the ultimate collection of anti humanist totalitarians ever assembled, ‘science’ had nothing to do with it