Sessions: "I've voted for mileage improvements and efficiences, and ethanol expansions.... If CO2 is causing an increase in temperatures, all these steps will help alleviate it. It's just a question of how much we can afford to spend."
Boxer: "I'm not panicked about global warming...."
Christopher Field ends with perhaps the most sensible statement of all: "There are consequences to using the atmosphere as a dump" [and (paraphrasing) they're just trying to provide information to policymakers].
Senator Boozman (R-Arkansas) cites Y2K as an example of an imaginary problem. Hey, boatloads of money was spent to head that off -- billions!
Lautenberg to Christy: "You're entitled to your own bias, if you will."
McCarthy, on Climategate: "The scientists were [only] guilty of bad manners."
Christy: "I disagree with [McCarthy's] view of Cliamtegate."
Lautenberg steps back and talks about the attempts to discredit science.
Senator Sessions: "Can CO2 increase temperature? I would say there's some logic to that question."
Senator Sessions: "A forest fire is no proof of global warming -- give me a break!"
Aside: Skeptical Science has a critique of Watts et al (2012), including the Time of Observation (TOB) issue many people are talking about. (That's the kind of thing that proves this paper wasn't near ready for peer review.) Gregor Vertacnik: "As a climatologist experienced in monitoring, data quality control and also homogenisation I must say this is one of the worst papers about climate change I've ever read."
Inhofe quotes Lovelock. I think some Senate staffers are spending too much time reading the Internet, and not enough time reading reports.
John Christy: "The global warming issue is highly overblown." [Fields and McCarthy say there is no hoax. But then, they would say that if there was one, wouldn't they? :-) ]
John Christy: "The world has warmed in the last 20 (120?) years? I believe the question is...can you do anything about it?"
Senator Sanders and Inhofe are spending a lot of time telling us how much they like each other despite their disagreement on GW. I wonder.
Boxer to Inhofe: "Just relax, Senator."
John Christy: "Our ignorance of the climate system is enormous. We cannot predict much at all."
Inhofe calls 1940-75 an "ice age."
Inhofe quotes Mann as an attempt to discredit Muller. Tit-for-tat when it's useful.
Christy's written testimony cites Watts et al (2012). Wow. In response to a question from Boxer he admits it hasn't been submitted to a scientific journal yet. Blog posts are now evidence for Senate hearings?? That strikes me as a very poor choice on Christy's part.
(paraphrasing) There is no scientific evidence that the observed warming can be expalined by other than greenhouse warming.
James McCarthy emphasis ocean warming. "The ocean has warmed steadily over the last 10 years." (Avoids all the many problems in homogenizing the surface dataset too, though of course any data-gathering requires a lot of data analysis of subtle issues.)
From John Christy's testimony: "Today, affordable carbon-based energy is a key component for lifting people out of crippling poverty. Rising CO2 emissions are, therefore, one indication of poverty-reduction which gives hope for those now living in a marginal existence without basic needs brought by electrification, transportation and industry." Yes, but that doesn't make it an appropriate energy source for people who aren't in poverty. Why can't they pay for the damage their energy use does to the property of others and damage to the Common?
7:54 am: Judith Curry has a copy of John Christy's testimony, and a summary.
Lots of mentions of Muller's article in the NYT. (Perhaps it was aimed for this hearing instead of an IPCC deadline?)
Lautenberg: Taxpayers will shell out $30-40 B in crop insurance this year.
Lautenberg: "Our friends on the other side happen to be likable people, but they're wrong."
Inhofe interrupts: "I agree with half your statement." (laughter)
Lautenberg: "That you're likable?" (laughter)
7:40 am PDT
Senator Lautenberg calls today a "bonfire of reality." That's a phrase that might stick somewhere.
7:35 am PDT
"We may well have some warming and it may be human caused." (After saying there has been no warming in the last 10 years.)