May 25, 2022

A Republican just made a humiliating excuse for rising sea levels. Adam Schiff’s response is epic

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One of the Democrat’s rising stars, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), had a little fun on Twitter with the absurd discourse during today’s meeting of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee.

While the committee sounds like it has to do with science, under the longtime leadership of Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), it has been little more than an echo chamber for the anti-science climate change deniers, typically loading up the agenda with those who think global warming is a hoax.

Thankfully, Smith has announced that he is retiring at the end of this term but at today’s hearing, it was clear that he is not alone among Republican climate change deniers who pull bizarre theories out of the ether to counter what the vast majority of scientists studying this important area believe is true.

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Smith fights with scientists who discuss climate change claiming there is a “political push” to deny that there has been a 15-year lull in climate change, as he believes.

Today it was Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) who went to the head of the class and took the environmental science dunce chair. 

Somehow Smith had allowed a reputable climate scientist, Philip Duffy, to testify.

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Dr. Duffy, a PhD who heads the prestigious Woods Hole Research Center, which bills itself as the number one climate change think tank in the world, served as a Senior Advisor in the White House National Science and Technology Council, and as a Senior Policy Analyst in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, back when presidents cared about science and the looming disaster of climate change.

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Duffy told the House panel today: “The rate of global sea-level rise has accelerated and is now four times faster than it was 100 years ago.”

That brought a question/comment from Brooks, who announced that the rising sea level was caused by erosion.

“Every time you have that soil or rock or whatever it is that is deposited into the seas, that forces the sea levels to rise, because now you have less space in those oceans,” announced Brooks, “because the bottom is moving up.”

With a straight face, Duff responded:  “I’m pretty sure that on human time scales, those are minuscule effects.”

Brooks also claimed Antarctic ice levels are rising, when in fact in recent years, NASA has shown it to be shrinking, explaining that it does not contradict global warming because melting rates are affected by other factors.

Brooks told him that NASA must be wrong.

“We have satellite records clearly documenting a shrinkage of the Antarctic ice sheet and an acceleration of that shrinkage,” Duffy said.

“I’ve got a NASA base in my district, and apparently they’re telling you one thing and me a different thing,” responded Brooks, whose District includes the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville.

Other Republicans on the committee added their own strange views. Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL) spewed out a debunked theory that the Earth is cooling.

Actually, the earth just recorded its 400th consecutive month of rising temperatures.

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) told Duffy that he found it “disturbing” to constantly be told not to question whether humans are the main cause of climate change, adding that the committee “should all be open to different points of view.”

Hearing this brought forth a pun-ful response from Rep. Schiff.

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What an idea, leave science to the scientists!

What is next, leave medical surgery to doctors? Leave space travel to rocket scientists?

This committee may be doing what Trump and the Koch brothers want, but the reality is that the rest of the world is moving forward while this committee and the president are moving backward. 

This does not portend a bright future for America unless we see wholesale changes beginning this November.

Benjamin Locke

Benjamin Locke is a retired college professor with an undergraduate degree in Industrial Labor and Relations from Cornell University and an MBA from the European School of Management.

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