John McCain's 'Global Warming' Hearings Blasted by
By Marc Morano
CNSNews.com Senior Staff Writer
November 19, 2004
Washington (CNSNews.com) - Recent
U.S. Senate hearings into alleged global
warming, chaired by Arizona Republican John McCain, were among
biased" that a noted climatologist has ever seen - "much less
anything I saw in the Clinton administration," he said.
Patrick J. Michaels is the author of a new book "Meltdown: The
Distortion of Global Warming by Scientists, Politicians, and
the Media." He
is an environmental sciences professor at the University of
believes that claims of human-caused "global warming" are
Michaels spoke with CNSNews.com Thursday following a panel
sponsored by the libertarian Cato Institute in Washington,
Michaels also serves as a senior fellow in environmental
"John McCain, a Republican, has probably held the most biased
all," Michaels said. McCain is a big proponent of limiting
emissions, which he believes are causing "global warming." The
senator also "is trying to define himself as an environmental
which he is going to use to differentiate himself from his
rivals for the
(presidential) nomination in 2008," according to Michaels.
Earlier this week, McCain, the outgoing chairman of the Senate
Science and Transportation Committee, said the Bush
about human-caused climate change were "terribly
McCain also held a Senate hearing on Tuesday to enlist
testimony on the
recently released report from an international commission
called the Arctic
Climate Impact Assessment (ACIA), which warned about rising
the North Pole.
Citing a visit he had to the Arctic with several U.S. senators
McCain made it clear that he believed human-caused "global
warming" was a
"It was remarkable going up on a small ship next to this
glacier and seeing
where it had been just 10 short years ago and how quickly it's
McCain told the New York Times on Monday.
McCain also warned about what he saw as the rapid pace of
evidenced by the arrival of wildlife that had never previously
been seen in
the region. "The Inuit language for 10,000 years never had a
word for robin
and now there are robins all over their villages," he told the
Michaels refuted McCain's assertions about the North Pole,
noting that the
Arctic has actually been warmer in the past than it is now.
"It was warmer 4 to 7,000 years ago [in the Arctic.] Every
knows that. I saw no mention of that in the Arctic report that
in front of McCain," Michaels said. He added that the past
warming of the
Arctic couldn't possibly be blamed on greenhouse gas emissions
occurred long before the industrial era.
'Temperature has always changed'
Other participants in Thursday's panel discussion also
statements. Harvard Astrophysicist Sallie Baliunas agreed that
polar ice caps to promote "global warming" did not make sense.
"Antarctica has been cooling for the last 50 years. Most of
the Arctic has
not warmed over long time scales," Baliunas told CNSNews.com.
serves as the enviro-science editor for Tech Central Station.
"Temperatures [have] always changed in the past and [they]
always will. It
can either go up or it goes down. We don't have enough
natural variability and we don't see enormous amounts of
to be alarmed about," Baliunas explained.
She also blasted the Kyoto Protocol, the international treaty
greenhouse gases which the U.S. does not support. "The Kyoto
not work, no matter what you think of it because Kyoto won't
McCain's claims about a robin population explosion in the
refuted as well.
Marlo Lewis, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise
said "Even if it's true that robins are making their first
Arctic areas, what it means it that the robin's habitat is
"I always thought environmentalists liked birds. To me this is
'Playing the media'
Michaels lamented that the media are allowing certain
scientists to manipulate science for funding advantages.
playing the media because they know the media will publish a
story that the
world is about to end," he said.
"What has happened to the editing process? What has happened
checking," he wondered.
Baliunas noted that the media like to imply that the
of scientists believe in dire "global warming" scenarios. In
fact, she said,
"The scientific literature is full of skepticism. The only
problem is -- one
doesn't get the call from the newspapers and those [skeptical]
Lewis of the CEI added, "The embrace of government and
corrupts whatever it touches and that is certainly the case of