House Democrats shield Gore from debate on warming (Updated)

The scandalous refusal of Al Gore to debate his contentions on global warming continues today, as House Democrats reportedly shielded him from testifying alongside Lord Christopher Monckton in a high profile hearing today. Climate Depot has an exclusive report:

UK's Lord Christopher Monckton, a former science advisor to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, claimed House Democrats have refused to allow him to appear alongside former Vice President Al Gore at high profile global warming hearing on Friday April 24, 2009 at 10am in Washington. Monckton told Climate Depot that the Democrats rescinded his scheduled joint appearance at the House Energy and Commerce hearing on Friday. Monckton said he was informed that he would not be allowed to testify alongside Gore when his plane landed from England Thursday afternoon.

Sooner or later, it will become obvious to most Americans that a case so weak it cannot be debated with an informed skeptic is not worth wrecking the economy for.

Marc Sheppard adds:
Unbelievable.  They replaced Monckton’s opposing voice to Gore with retired Virginia Senator John Warner.  In other words – there will be no opposing voice

Not only is Warner among the miniscule group of Republicans that have actually bought into this nonsense – he actually cosponsored and was the sole GOP vote on last year’s failed cap-and-trade bill!!!  That’s how Democrats hold a balanced inquiry.

C-SPAN is airing the Gore love-fest right now [Video].  How great would it have been to watch Monckton have this “bed-wetter” for breakfast?

Imagine Monckton’s evisceration of Gore’s comparison of the cap-and-trade bill to the Civil Rights Act and even the Marshall Plan (I kid you not) and claims that the legislation will only increase household costs by 30 cents a day.  Can’t you envision the look on his Lordship’s face as Gore rambled on about consensus of the “global scientific community” and 20 foot sea-level rise and vanishing Arctic sea ice in just 5 years and comparing climate skeptics to moon-landing doubters?  And, more importantly, the eloquence of the tongue-lashing that most certainly would have followed?

Monckton would have once again made it clear that “the correct policy response to the non-problem of climate change is to have the courage to do nothing.”

John Warner, by contrast, is fawning over Gore like a love-sick school girl.  At one point he actually responded to a challenge to the efficacy of any plan that excludes developing nations by suggesting with a straight face that an EPA CO2 “pollutant” ruling will create enough global pressure on China and India to convince them to enact their own Carbon Policies.

Oh, brother!

Update:  I’ve just been informed that Warner was scheduled to appear this morning with Gore all along.  The Republicans managed to schedule an afternoon session which was to pit Gore v. Monckton.  The House GOP replaced Monckton not with Warner, but Newt Gingrich.  As Newt now speaks alone, it appears that Gore refused to face him as well. I'm awaiting confirmation on that point - MS


The scandalous refusal of Al Gore to debate his contentions on global warming continues today, as House Democrats reportedly shielded him from testifying alongside Lord Christopher Monckton in a high profile hearing today. Climate Depot has an exclusive report:

UK's Lord Christopher Monckton, a former science advisor to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, claimed House Democrats have refused to allow him to appear alongside former Vice President Al Gore at high profile global warming hearing on Friday April 24, 2009 at 10am in Washington. Monckton told Climate Depot that the Democrats rescinded his scheduled joint appearance at the House Energy and Commerce hearing on Friday. Monckton said he was informed that he would not be allowed to testify alongside Gore when his plane landed from England Thursday afternoon.

Sooner or later, it will become obvious to most Americans that a case so weak it cannot be debated with an informed skeptic is not worth wrecking the economy for.

Marc Sheppard adds:
Unbelievable.  They replaced Monckton’s opposing voice to Gore with retired Virginia Senator John Warner.  In other words – there will be no opposing voice

Not only is Warner among the miniscule group of Republicans that have actually bought into this nonsense – he actually cosponsored and was the sole GOP vote on last year’s failed cap-and-trade bill!!!  That’s how Democrats hold a balanced inquiry.

C-SPAN is airing the Gore love-fest right now [Video].  How great would it have been to watch Monckton have this “bed-wetter” for breakfast?

Imagine Monckton’s evisceration of Gore’s comparison of the cap-and-trade bill to the Civil Rights Act and even the Marshall Plan (I kid you not) and claims that the legislation will only increase household costs by 30 cents a day.  Can’t you envision the look on his Lordship’s face as Gore rambled on about consensus of the “global scientific community” and 20 foot sea-level rise and vanishing Arctic sea ice in just 5 years and comparing climate skeptics to moon-landing doubters?  And, more importantly, the eloquence of the tongue-lashing that most certainly would have followed?

Monckton would have once again made it clear that “the correct policy response to the non-problem of climate change is to have the courage to do nothing.”

John Warner, by contrast, is fawning over Gore like a love-sick school girl.  At one point he actually responded to a challenge to the efficacy of any plan that excludes developing nations by suggesting with a straight face that an EPA CO2 “pollutant” ruling will create enough global pressure on China and India to convince them to enact their own Carbon Policies.

Oh, brother!

Update:  I’ve just been informed that Warner was scheduled to appear this morning with Gore all along.  The Republicans managed to schedule an afternoon session which was to pit Gore v. Monckton.  The House GOP replaced Monckton not with Warner, but Newt Gingrich.  As Newt now speaks alone, it appears that Gore refused to face him as well. I'm awaiting confirmation on that point - MS