Behold the following letter from Representative Donald S. Beyer in reference to the recent House Science, Space, and Technology hearing “Climate Science: Assumptions, Policy, Implications, and Scientific Method” held last month (Warning Big File):

Beyer Fact Check – Submitted April 11

Here is a smaller, much abbreviated and much less fun version of the letter, sans the extensive appendix:

Letter Only

Comments

  1. #1 SteveP
    April 14, 2017

    Caption Contest Submittal. – Well there is the obvious of course. Wooden headed dummy and two McCarthys but I think that one has been submitted before.

  2. #2 Obstreperous Applesauce
    April 14, 2017

    Honest hard work never killed anybody, but why take a chance?
    (possible caption, paraphrased from Charlie McCarthy)
    —–
    I find it appalling that a document like the Beyer fact check would only include material from the most eminent sources and not present one quote from RickA. Not one.
    —–
    Timely segment on today’s Science Friday
    http://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/the-cherry-pick-credit-snatch-and-other-political-rhetoric-that-can-distort-science/

  3. #3 dean
    April 14, 2017

    I find it appalling that a document like the Beyer fact check would only include material from the most eminent sources and not present one quote from RickA. Not one.

    Well, that’s one opinion, and it’s just as valid as any other. /s

  4. #4 dean
    April 14, 2017

    Caption:

    All three of men pictured here has something up his ass. Only one has someone else’s arm.

  5. #5 t marvell
    April 14, 2017

    The hard core skeptics usually base their positions in religion, with such statements as “God made earth for man, so God would never do something so horrible to earth.” The fact that there is nothing like that in the Bible is irrelevant to them. With such a position, facts are not relevant, and lies are in the service of the almighty.
    The situation is the same as their views on evolution. Also the same as their views on black used to be; it probably still is, but most do not dare to be open about it.

  6. #6 Jim
    Canada
    April 14, 2017

    I can’t help but wonder what kind of child Smith was. What influences and circumstances in his life created the adult he is now?

  7. #7 Christopher Winter
    April 15, 2017

    Caption: “Watch out for that guy on the right; he’s the sharpest one of the bunch.”

  8. #8 David Jones
    United States
    April 15, 2017

    As it happens, I know Don – he’s generally right on target. Lamar Smith is a fool. I’m glad Don called him out.

  9. #9 M. Lazo
    chicago
    April 16, 2017

    The McCarthy Brothers

  10. #10 tadaaa
    cambridge
    April 17, 2017

    going, going, gone

    ps great explanation of the Karl / Fyfe “furore”

  11. #11 Russell
    Cambridge, MA
    April 17, 2017

    How very odd Rep. Smith should at once invoke Christy as an authorty on scientific consensus politicization and : claim Science magazine “is not known as an objective writer or magazine”

    In an article in that journal Christy, co-authored, one reads :

    “There was substantial increase in temperature from 1880 to 1940. However, from 1940 until the 1960s, temperatures dropped so much as to lead to predictions of a coming ice age. New, precise satellite data raise further questions about warming. From 1979 to 1988 large temperature variability was recorded, but no obvious temperature trend was noted during the 10-year period.’ .. ‘

    –R.W. Spencer and J. R. Christy, “Precise Monitoring of Global Temperature Trends from Satellites , ” Science>/I> 247 (March 30, 1990): 1558

  12. #12 Keith Pickering (@KeithAPickering)
    Watertown, MN
    April 18, 2017

    Caption:
    A Senator and two dummies.