Sunday, April 16, 2017

House Democrat Fact-Checks Science Committee’s Climate Nonsense

Rep. Don Beyer calls on experts to correct the bad info pushed by the Republican majority.

Rep. Don Beyer is trying to set the record straight on a committee led by a chairman who disparages climate science. (Credit: Andre Chung/The Washington Post / Getty Images) Click to Enlarge.
Fed up with the anti-science nonsense that now dominates hearings of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, vice ranking member Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) has launched a project to make it easier for scientists to set the record straight.

The appropriately named FactCheck Project was sparked in particular by last month’s hearing on climate change, which committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) stacked with three likeminded climate change skeptics.  The panel’s Democratic minority got to name one witness:  Michael Mann, a climate scientist at Pennsylvania State University who advocates for urgently tackling human-caused climate change.

To no one’s surprise, the hearing’s main focus was not how to tackle the crisis but whether the vast majority of climate scientists — roughly 97 percent — are correct in their consensus that it is real and that humans are the primary cause. 

The goal of the FactCheck Project is to provide a venue for credentialed experts to correct inaccurate and misleading statements that might be made at future hearings, Beyers said. Such corrections can be submitted either through a form on Beyer’s website or via Twitter using the hashtag #FactCheckSST and will become part of a hearing’s official record.

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