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DISSECTING DECEMBER'S CANADIAN SENATE CLIMATE HEARING

January 5, 2012: On the morning of December 15, 2011, The Senate Standing Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources heard from four expert witnesses about the science and economics of climate change. This was the first time since 2005 that scientists who do not accept the hypothesis that humanity’s carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions are causing dangerous global warming were permitted to testify before a Canadian government committee.

The committee hearing announcement may be seen here. The English language official transcript of the hearing is available here. The French language official transcript is available here.

The whole hearing may be viewed on-line here (2 hours). Audio podcasts of all of the testimonies and questions and answers may be downloaded here. The podcasts are also inserted along with each video below.

For ease of viewing, ICSC has assembled interesting parts of the hearing as separate video excepts, with all the slides shown inserted, as follows (double click on any video to view it in full screen mode. Click on YouTube logo at the lower right of any video to make comments):

Ross McKitrick, PhD

Professor of Economics
Department of Economics
The University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario

E-mail Professor McKitrick
Professor McKitrick's Webpage

Read Professor McKitrick's prepared testimony.

Listen to an audio podcast of his testimony.

Also provided to the Committee was Dr. McKitrick's 2011 paper "What's wrong with the IPCC - Proposals for a Radical reform".

This paper is described in Dr. McKitrick's November 22, 2011 National Post article, "Fix it or fold it".

Click on book cover to read about Dr. McKitrick's book with ICSC science advisor Professor Chris Essex.


Click above image to watch Professor McKitrick's prepared testimony.

 

Ian D. Clark, PhD

Professor of Earth Sciences
Department of Earth Sciences  
University of Ottawa
Ottawa, Ontario

E-mail Professor Clark
Professor Clark's Webpage

Read Professor Clark's prepared testimony.

Listen to an audio podcast of his testimony.

Here are some samples of Dr. Clark's public education activities:

Public Debate: Dr. Ian Clark and Dr. Shawn Marshall debated climate change at Mount Royal University at 7:00 PM, November 29, 2011. See ad here.

CFRA Ottawa Radio interviews in January 2011 and January 2010 - audio to be uploaded shortly.

"Blame the Sun", by Professor Clark, OpEd published in the Financial Post, June 15, 2004.

"Catastrophic predictions fade with the light of day", by Professor Clark, OpEd published in the Financial Post, November 25, 2004.


Click above image to watch Professor Clark's prepared testimony.

 

Jan Veizer, PhD

Distinguished University Professor Emeritus
Department of Earth Sciences
University of Ottawa
Ottawa, Canada

E-mail Professor Veizer
Professor Veizer's Webpage

Read Professor Veizer's prepared testimony.

Listen to an audio podcast of his testimony.

Also provided to the Committee were the following:

"Climate change science isn't settled", by Professor Jan Veizer, OpEd published in The Australian, April 24, 2009.

"The Role of Water in the Fate of Carbon: Implications for the Climate System", by Professor Veizer, for the International Seminar on Nuclear War and Planetary Emergencies, for the "E Morajana" Centre for Scientific Culture, Erice, Italy, 19 - 24 August 2010.


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Click above image to watch Professor Veizer's prepared testimony.

 

R. Timothy Patterson, PhD

Professor of Geology
Department of Earth Sciences
Carleton University
Ottawa, Ontario

Email Professor Patterson
Professor Patterson's Webpage

Read Professor Patterson's prepared testimony.

Listen to an audio podcast of his testimony.

Also provided to the Committee were the following:

"Canada’s world-renowned ‘ice superhighway’ critical to N.W.T. economy", By Professor Tim Patterson, The Hill Times, November 15, 2010.

Images of Ice Superhighway.

Marine Micropaleontolgy paper on proxy records for climate on Vancouver Island and the NE Pacific.

Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology paper on climate shift at 4,400 years before present in Effingham Inlet, Vancouver Island.

Also see "Read the Sunspots", by Professor Patterson. This is the 2007 Financial Post piece that, after being featured on The Drudge Report, is reputed to have had the highest number of hits in the newspaper's history.

Click above image to watch Professor Patterson's prepared testimony.


Questions and Answer Session

Senators asked the following twelve questions of the scientist witnesses, questions we often hear from the public and the media. Watch each question and the scientists' answers as follows:


What needs to happen so that citizens are properly informed about the climate debate?

How should Canada plan for cooling?

Milankovitch Climate Cycles

Yukon Senator Daniel Lang asks Professor McKitrick about reforms needed to fix the IPCC. B.C. Senator Nancy Greene-Raine asks about IPCC delegates' backgrounds.

Listen to an audio podcast of this Q&A.

Yukon Senator Daniel Lang asks Professor Patterson for guidance concerning preparation for cooling impacts.

Listen to an audio podcast of this Q&A.

Alberta Senator Bert Brown asks Professor Clark about natural climate cycles due to changes in orbital parameters.

Listen to an audio podcast of this Q&A.

What if skeptics are wrong?

Determining "Earth's Temperature"

Who do we believe? What do we do?

Quebec Senator Paul J. Massicotte asks Professor McKitrick about the cost/benefit analysis. Professor Veizer brings up some important points as well.

Listen to an audio podcast of this Q&A.

Yukon Senator Daniel Lang asks Professor McKitrick about how one determines whether or not the planet is warming.

Listen to an audio podcast of this Q&A.

Former Alberta Senator Tommy Banks asks how one decides on a course of action, given the very different viewpoints the committee has heard. Professor McKitrick and Patterson respond.

Listen to an audio podcast of this Q&A.

Where are all the climate realists hiding?

What is happening in the Antarctic?

Adaptation, not mitigation, needed

B.C. Senator Richard Neufeld asks why so few scientists who agree with the witnesses speak out. Professors Veizer and Clark respond.

Listen to an audio podcast of this Q&A.

B.C. Senator Richard Neufeld asks about Antarctic climate trends. Professors Veizer (Antarctic) and Clark (Arctic) respond.

Listen to an audio podcast of this Q&A.

New Brunswick Senator John D. Wallace asks whether there is a climate crisis we should attempt to address. Professors Patterson & Veizer respond.

Listen to an audio podcast of this Q&A.

Current mitigation efforts a waste of money

Are we moving towards a climate tipping point?

"Everybody's out of step except my Johnny"

Nunavut Senator Dennis Patterson asks if Canada's targets of 17% reductions below 2005 levels by 2020 are worthwhile. Professor McKitrick explains why they are not.

Listen to an audio podcast of this Q&A.

Saskatchewan Senator Robert Peterson asks if we are approaching a dangerous "break point". Professor Clark responds, promoting the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change.

Listen to an audio podcast of this Q&A.

Alberta Senator Grant Mitchell asserts that witnesses are out of step with "thousands upon thousands upon thousands" of climate experts. Professors Patterson and McKitrick respond.

Listen to an audio podcast of this Q&A.