Rep. Issa Responds to Climate Change Denier 'Award'

League of Conservation Voters groups castigate Issa's "extreme anti-science views." He represents northern San Diego and southern Orange County cities.

Rep. Darrell Issa spoke to a congressional luncheon in April 2013 in San Diego.
Rep. Darrell Issa spoke to a congressional luncheon in April 2013 in San Diego.
Updated at 9:45 a.m. Aug. 14, 2013

Frederick Hill, a spokesman for Rep. Issa responded to a Patch query, with the following statement:

“This political gathering isn’t being done to support science, it is being staged by barackobama.com and is intended to promote President Obama’s radical campaign to raise energy costs that will kill Americans jobs.  President Obama has already told Americans that under his plan, ‘electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket ’ and his first Energy Secretary declared that, ‘we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.’

Rep. Issa has long recognized that our climate is changing – it’s his support for expanding domestic energy production and his steadfast opposition to the President’s radical plans to raise energy costs that are the real issue.

Congressman Issa supports a balanced approach that provides the clean domestic energy America needs without raising our energy rates or putting Americans out of work.” 

Hill also provided Patch with figures on why Issa voted against cap-and-trade:
  • According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the President’s 2009 cap-and-trade proposal would cost the average American household an extra $1,600 per year.
  • Cap-and-trade could increase the price for a gallon of gasoline between $0.61 and $2.53.
  • Cap-and-trade could increase the cost of electricity by 44% to 129%

Original story: 

Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the powerful House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has been "honored" with a "Climate Change Denier" award by League of Conservation Voters. 

In a statement Tuesday, the national, state and San Diego chapters of the group said Republican Issa was being recognized for "his extreme anti-science views, which put him at odds with 97 percent of scientists and a majority of the American people."

The facetious honor was bestowed on Issa, who represents California's 49th Congressional District, as part of a national day of action to hold climate change deniers accountable. 

“As chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Congressman Issa is not only denying climate change, but also actively impeding federal action, pledging to hold hearings on the ‘Politicization of Science,’ and calling for greater oversight of the EPA’s regulations of greenhouse gases,” said Livia Borak, president of the San Diego League of Conservation Voters. 

“Issa voted against cap and trade and for the Keystone XL Pipeline. Even in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, he continued to deny an increase greenhouse gas emissions and manmade climate change.”

In a report released last week, the California Environmental Protection Agency said climate change was having a significant and measurable impact on California’s environment, from the Pacific Coast to the Central Valley to the Sierra Nevada mountains. 

The effects include decreasing spring snow runoff, rising sea levels along the California coast, shrinking glaciers, increasing wildfires, warming lakes and ocean waters, and the gradual migration of many plants and animals to higher elevations, environmentalists say.

The conservation voters groups also pointed to a quote on Issa's website, which Patch was unable to confirm:

“One of the difficulties in examining the issue of the climate change and greenhouse gases is that there is a wide range of scientific opinion on this issue and the science community does not agree to the extent of the problem or the critical threshold of when this problem is truly catastrophic.”

Issa's office did not immediately respond to Patch requests for comment. 

Issa's district includes Carlsbad, Encinitas, Vista, Oceanside, Del Mar, Camp Pendleton, Solana Beach and Rancho Santa Fe in San Diego County, and San Clemente, Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano, Coto de Caza and Ladera Ranch in Orange County.

BlueAngel2 August 13, 2013 at 10:31 PM
Issa is an idiot! Is there an award for that?
Lauren Mayer August 14, 2013 at 10:36 AM
Here's a musical 'tribute' to all the politicians like Issa who seem determined to be 'blissfully ignorant' - "Global Warming's Not A Theory, It's A Fact!" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTJ4ixf0xGE
Patrick Crowley August 14, 2013 at 11:29 AM
When the sensors are intentionally placed in locations where readings are taken to validate a political agenda then science is a tool of propaganda and not true science! Rep. Darrell Issa keep up the good work! It's never easy making the right decision, nor is it always popular, but it IS the right decision!
Shripathi Kamath August 14, 2013 at 11:35 AM
Ken S August 14, 2013 at 12:31 PM
Here in Ohio July and August have been well below average temps this year. Normal high is 84 and has reached that temp less that 5 times in the last 30days. Average low is 65, but it was 52 this morning, Aug 14th (supposed to be the dog days of summer). So if this is global warming, I'll take it. All I can remember of most August days is 90+ temps during the day not 73 deg. like today.
Shripathi Kamath August 14, 2013 at 12:36 PM
Yes, winter is also cold, therefore global warming is all made up. Likewise it rained in London today so there is no drought anywhere. Plus rains put out those fires in California, so no firefighters needed.
Shripathi Kamath August 14, 2013 at 12:39 PM
"I take pleasure, in following 'SK's poking fun at the deaths caused by inaction by the regime" _____________________________________________________ Right because SENSORGHAZI is not making fun of the strategic placement of sensors. Do take some more pleasure in this: http://bit.ly/16Kq6J3
Shripathi Kamath August 14, 2013 at 12:49 PM
Too bad all these scientists and 'climatolgists' are doing it for the money. Wait, what if someone were to fund the investigation independently. Would be nice if they were peer-reviewed or did peer review themselves and then get peer-... nah, too complicated. Instead let the Koch bros. fund their own investigation. __________________________________________________ ________________ Oh they did? When? http://nydn.us/LIcpnf MULLERGOREGHAZI! Obviously Al Gore paid him off with al Jazeera money to lie to the Koch bros.
Shripathi Kamath August 14, 2013 at 12:51 PM
"Yes, there many types of strategic placement of sensors. " Indeed. Some might even save the trouble and just fudge the readings. Because, that would be simpler rather than place the sensors so carefully that only one kind of reading could be gotten. Don't mind that ice melting in the background, that is not happening, it is all done with sensors.
nobody August 14, 2013 at 12:56 PM
Statement Of The Day – "If You Believe in God, You Cannot Believe in Global Warming" Rush Limbaugh __________________________________________________ http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/08/13/rush-limbaugh-god-global-warming/
Shripathi Kamath August 14, 2013 at 01:01 PM
Status Quo August 14, 2013 at 12:53 PM Caution! Here's a flash... not here to clear-up your disinformation or damage done to the science community by 'climatologists'. Your connections seem, somewhat to be an intermittent fault. ______________________________________________________ No hat *and* no cattle. ______________________________________________________ Status Quo August 14, 2013 at 12:57 PM "Some might even save the trouble and just fudge the readings. "... seems 'climatologist' community has already burnt their collective in the last batch of fudge. ______________________________________________________ So much so that the Koch bros. just cannot pay enough to get someone to announce what they want. Need more sensors!
William Simonson August 14, 2013 at 04:32 PM
Real quick: go to a natural history website or museum (science) and see how many ice ages AND GLOBAL WARMINGS occurred BEFORE the industrial revolution!!!! Then go to meteorologist John Coleman's article on KUSI News website. On reports from the EPA: the function of a bureau, or agency like the EPA, is to perpetuate itself!
Shripathi Kamath August 14, 2013 at 05:17 PM
Real quicker: read up on climate science (http://realclimate.org/ is a good starting point) and see why those ice ages have nothing to do with anthropogenic global warming that has accelerated rapidly in the last few decades. Ask John Coleman to read it too and understand why changes in climate are not the same as changes in weather. But since this is merely a war of the homework assignments, here is one: http://bit.ly/14db38x
mike westman August 15, 2013 at 02:06 AM
Shripathi.....you are asking a group of people who mostly think the world is flat and that the earth is the center of the universe......they will never get it...and mostly...will never try. Too bad for us that some of them are in government and attempting to steer us off a cliff. Greed
Ines Stelzer August 15, 2013 at 04:35 AM
Issa said: This political gathering isn’t being done to support science, it is being staged by barackobama.com and is intended to promote President Obama’s radical campaign to raise energy costs that will kill Americans jobs. Yes. and he got the rest of the world to go along with his scam - what an idiot Issa is. For a crook - he sure is stupid
marvel_us mpressionz August 15, 2013 at 08:08 AM
darrel issa crazy man!
Babu G. Ranganathan August 15, 2013 at 10:19 AM
GLOBAL WARMING MAY NOT BE MAN MADE Dr. Larry Vardiman (scientist and physicist) of the Institue for Creation Research says: "One possible scenario may be found in a recent series of articles by Henrik Svensmark and Nigel Marsh, cosmic ray specialists from Denmark, who have shown an indirect connection between galactic cosmic ray (GCR) intensity and global temperature.7,8,9 They are studying the influence of the Sun on the flow of GCR to Earth. The Sun's changing sunspot activity influences the magnetosphere surrounding the Earth permitting more GCR to strike the Earth during high periods of activity. When the Sun is active, the intensity of GCR striking the Earth is increased, causing more ionization in the atmosphere, creating more carbon-14, and possibly creating more cloud condensation nuclei (CCN). This increase in CCN, in turn, appears to create more low-level clouds which cool the Earth. When the Sun is quiet the GCR intensity striking the Earth is reduced, allowing the Earth to warm. Svensmark and Marsh have shown a striking statistical correlation between sunspot activity and global cooling and warming over the past 1000 years. The recent rise in global temperature may partially be due to current low solar activity supplemented by a recent increase in carbon dioxide concentration measured at Mauna Loa. The connection which still needs further study is the production of CCN and clouds by GCR." There is a good deal of science showing that global warming is not mad made. Yes, we still should have pollution controls, as we already do, but not to the extreme because it will unnecessarily hurt business. Visit my newest Internet site: THE SCIENCE SUPPORTING CREATION Babu G. Ranganathan B.A. Bible/Biology Author of popular Internet article, TRADITIONAL DOCTRINE OF HELL EVOLVED FROM GREEK ROOTS
robertwise August 15, 2013 at 11:20 AM
Scientists have known about global warming for decades. It's real. Let's move on to what we can do about it. http://clmtr.lt/cb/wki0bRJ
Shripathi Kamath August 15, 2013 at 12:34 PM
"The Sun, solar wind, the protective electromagnetic layer(acting as an airfoil), interacting with our natural counterbalancing mechanisms(inner-core engine) with it's breath-like renderings and rumblings is more prominent in climate changes and regulation of cycles over time" ______________________________________________________ Definitely Babu G. Ranganathan territory!
Shripathi Kamath August 15, 2013 at 12:37 PM
robertwise August 15, 2013 at 11:20 AM Scientists have known about global warming for decades. It's real. Let's move on to what we can do about it. http://clmtr.lt/cb/wki0bRJ ____________________________________________________ Nothing as long as the knuckle-dragging troglodytes and their purse-wielding corporatists are in charge of the asylum.
nobody August 15, 2013 at 12:45 PM
It is all about money and greed. ___________________________________________________ "t’s been revealed recently that since 2008, the Koch brothers have been pushing Republicans nationwide to sign an “anti-climate pledge.” Which essentially means that whoever signs it promises to not back any piece of legislation that would combat climate change." ___________________________________________________ http://www.forwardprogressives.com/koch-brothers-recruit-hundreds-of-republicans-on-plan-to-accelerate-climate-change/
Shripathi Kamath August 15, 2013 at 01:09 PM
"in earlier attempt to describe large forces that actually control our Earth, I deliberately did not relate it the force of our God... but I do not deny or discount his hand in our lives. " ____________________________________________________ Yes, you had cleverly hidden it. Well played, Sir! God has lousy aim anyway. He punished Tejas with drought and forest fires because abortion, and Oklahoma caught some of the heat. ____________________________________________________ "I prefer, to look upon you, as the buffoon-like character in "Quest for Fire" who dropped the lantern and was allowed to tag-along. " _____________________________________________________ And I can only look upon you as what you are: a cheerleader for the knuckle-dragging troglodytes—but only because preference does not have an impact on reality.
Shripathi Kamath August 15, 2013 at 01:51 PM
Shripathi Kamath August 15, 2013 at 10:50 am "I aspire to Troglodyte focus," ____________________________________________________ I say you have accomplished that. Congrats! ____________________________________________________ "I do not demand hoisting the heads of disdained and debunked hypothesis' failed upon pikes! " _____________________________________________________ Yes, you wear it like a tight fitting gaberdene garment instead. Unlike Richard Muller, a Koch bros. paid investigator who set out to give the troglodytes a hand, and found this: http://nydn.us/LIcpnf
Shripathi Kamath August 15, 2013 at 03:04 PM
"Thanks for the nod 'Shrip'," ____________________________________________________ You're welcome. You earned it. _____________________________________________________ "My corporatist proclivities dictate that pragmatism - as well, your surly separation from reality." ____________________________________________________ Somewhere between those two incomplete thoughts probably lies another of your abused neurons. One that ignores a failure to even rig the jury with Richard Muller. ____________________________________________________ "In signing off 'Shripathi', You are a pleasure to exchange quips with" __________________________________________________ I wish I could reciprocate and say 'likewise'. Pity you had none to offer. Might have been fun. _____________________________________________________ "I must clamber back up my backwoods tree, in my quest for knowledge and hope my bone falls back to a flat Earth." _____________________________________________________ I sincerely hope that you dislodge it first, and not fall with it.
Shripathi Kamath August 15, 2013 at 04:32 PM
Status Quo August 15, 2013 at 04:11 PM I have no need to rig juries, though you and his dozen attempt to game the system. ___________________________________________________ Obviously. Cheerleaders of knuckle-dragging troglodytes neither have a stake nor the means to do so—their rewards are for blind followership. The Koch bros. on the other hand do have a stake and the means to claim a jury. So they tried rigging it. And here's what happened: http://nydn.us/LIcpnf. Richard Muller tried though. He really, really did. Speaking of bones, he managed to find an honest one in his body. I guess such miracles do happen. Praise Jesus!
Ezio Mattiace August 15, 2013 at 06:49 PM
Carbon pollution from dirty energy is warming our planet. Just ask 97% of the top climate scientists in the world. We do need representatives that respect science and not lobbies. We need representatives that take swift action to protect our citizens from climate change. Being a denier is only making the situation worse. US $ 60 billions have been spent by all of us for hurricane Sandy, never happened in American history, an average of $ 1,200.00 per every working American family. New York paralyzed for weeks with additional thousands of dollars lost. My small business that was 240 miles away from New York lost $ 12,000.00 during hat period because of Sandy. Issa where do you stand? With us, working Americans or with the oil and coal lobbies?
Questioning your idiocy August 15, 2013 at 06:58 PM
I think we all know where the climate change deniers stand. With those who line their pockets--that's there Issa and the rest of the 135 deniers are. They don't care about us...only their pockets. It's hilarious to me that people are so blind to our representatives taking money from fossil fuel company's but think Obama is getting something for trying to slow climate change. It's the epitome of stupidity.
Ezio Mattiace August 15, 2013 at 10:55 PM
Solar and wind are already a reality. We have to let technology go ahead and support it. The old way with coal and gas will only keep us with the most inefficient cars on the planet and the most electricity consuming houses. All this is money wasted... forever. While the Chinese have cars that run with an average of 35 mpg.
Ezio Mattiace August 15, 2013 at 11:08 PM
I am driving a 50 mpg car and saved $ 16,000 so far, in the last four years, and counting.... Solar's last technology has reached 44% efficiency. With an average technology you can today reach 22% efficiency, versus the mere 13% of few years ago. You won't believe what has happened in the last few years. I am planning to go solar and cut my electric bill by 40%.
Ezio Mattiace August 16, 2013 at 10:12 AM
Thanks for chatting with me Status Quo.


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