EPA Chief, Gina McCarthy, came before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee to attempt to justify a six percent increase, “three times the inflation rate increase in spending.” Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) questioned her about the science she is claiming desperately needs more of the taxpayers dollars. Turns out, she couldn’t cite any specific science in numerous areas. Here’s a portion of the exchange: (Don’t miss the story at the bottom about a “warmist” who promised not to have a baby, but did.)
SESSIONS: So now you say that we’ve got a crisis and there are dangers out there. Let me ask you this: There was an article by Mr. Lomborg, who testified before the Budget Committee, from the Copenhagen Institute, and he quotes along with Dr. Pielke, from Colorado, that we’ve had fewer droughts in recent years. Do you dispute that?
McCARTHY: I don’t know in what context he’s making statements like that but I certainly can tell you about the droughts that are happening today.
SESSIONS: No, no, no, no. You can’t – I’m not arguing to you today that you are wrong about
global warming because we have a cold spell. I’m asking you what are the data, don’t you know the worldwide data about whether or not we are having fewer or less droughts?
McCARTHY: I’m happy to provide it, but I certainly am aware that droughts are becoming more extreme and frequent.
SESSIONS: Are you aware that the IPCC has found that moisture content of the soil is, if anything, slightly greater than it has been over the last decades in their report? Are you aware of that?
McCARTHY: I don’t know what you’re referring to Senator, but I’m happy to respond—
SESSIONS: You need to know, because you’re asking this economy to sustain tremendous cost and you don’t know whether or not the soil worldwide is more moist or less moist?
McCARTHY: I don’t know, I don’t know where your cost figures are coming from, but if you take a look at—
SESSIONS: The IPCC. Second: what about hurricanes? We had more or less hurricanes in the last decade?
McCARTHY: There have been more frequent hurricanes and more intense. In terms of landing— those hurricanes on land, I cannot answer that question; it’s a very complicated issue.
SESSIONS: It’s not complicated about how many have landed; we’ve had a dramatic reduction in the number. We’ve had a decade without a hurricane class three or above.
McCARTHY: But sir, the scientists are not really considering that number to be significant. The subset is so small that you’re looking at, that you’re taking issues in science out of context. It’s not my job to be—
SESSIONS: Are you asserting that you have evidence that we have greater hurricanes around the world in the last decade than the previous decade?
McCARTHY: I am asserting that I have plenty of evidence, factual evidence from scientists who know this issue, that climate change is happening, it’s real, it’s happening now, and we need to take action to address it.
SESSIONS: Well, of course the climate is changing, Ms. McCarthy. I just asked you—you have been saying that there are more storms. Will you submit within a few days, it shouldn’t take long, to show we’ve had more storms in the last decade?
As McCarthy continued to say that she has all the “evidence,” and “science,” she asked Sessions if he was interested in data on the U.S., only. “The world. The world,” he said.
Read Session’s comments on CO2 at Breitbart, and the actual temperature increase of the earth.
“…this is a stunning development, that [the head of the EPA] doesn’t know whether their projections have right or wrong.” ~ Jeff Sessions
William Teach has a post you have to read, quoting a blogger with huge climate angst, about the irresponsibility of having a baby in this ‘F-ed up world,’ getting a vasectomy, then having a breakdown, and then not getting a vasectomy…and then having a baby in this ‘F-ed up world.” Read it here.