Thursday, April 23, 2009

Whitfield: Why Let Facts Get In The Way?

Today, Congressman Ed Whitfield (KY) posed the following question during Energy and Commerce Committee Hearings to Energy Secretary Steven Chu and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson:
I wanted to ask you all, you Mr. Chu particularly and Ms. Jackson, if you had read Gabriel (Calzada) Alvarez’ study – he’s at King Juan Carlos’s University in Madrid. And he used empirical data based on the government subsidizing renewable energy in Spain. And he came up with the conclusion exactly how much every job cost. And I know that President Obama in this renewable energy package is modeling using Spain as a model, one of the models. But for every job created in the renewable energy sector, so-called green job, that they lost 2.2 jobs. And this is a 50-page empirical study that he conducted. And I was just, have either one of you seen his study?
While a seemingly reasonable question, dare we say it, there's one small detail Mr. Whitfield failed to note. The "study" in question has been torn apart by a variety of sources over the last month, including the Wall Street Journal.

According to to Pete Altman at NRDC's Switchboard, Mr. Calzada may, shall we say, not be totally impartial:
ExxonSecrets.com reports that the "Center for New Europe" - where Gabriel Calzada is a visiting fellow - has received $170,000 form ExxonMobil since 1998. Calzada also is tied into the Heartland Institute, another well-known hub of climate science denial.
Nice try, though, Mr. Whitfield. Actually, no, not really.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Shimkus: Clean Energy Plan Worse than Terrorist Attacks, Wars

Sometimes, the material just speaks for itself. Thanks for the easy post, Congressman John Shimkus (IL)! (via Think Progress)

Hubris in 140 Characters or Less

Of the many qualities you could attribute to Rep. Joe Barton (TX), self-confidence would be near the top of the list. It definitely takes a certain level of self-assurance to feel you've won a battle of wits with a Nobel Prize-winning physicist and former director of the Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory.

But it appears Mr. Barton would like people to know he "baffled" Energy Secretary Steven Chu at today's hearing in the House Energy and Commerce Committee, at least according to his Twitter feed.

Judge for yourself, but it appears that the only thing that baffles Mr. Chu is Mr. Barton's shockingly poor grasp of rudimentary geology (via Think Progress).

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Boehnerific

On This Week with George Stephonopolous, House Minority Leader John Boehner (OH) was pushed on the topic of reducing carbon emissions and greenhouse gases, and whether or not he had a plan as the Republicans' leader in the House. Mr. Boehner took the opportunity to equate carbon emission sources to cow droppings, which may explain his reason to offer no real alternative to our energy and climate crises. If his position was informed by the scientific consensus surrounding climate change, perhaps it would less resemble his understanding of where carbon comes from.

Check out the exchange below (via Talking Points Memo).