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Mainstream science pitted against dubious experts in tomorrow's Capitol Hill climate change debate

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A hearing on climate change and the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulation of green house gases promises to be a spectacle that could only be conceived in the 112th Congress. Republicans, anxious to continue what has become a frenzied campaign to deregulate decades worth of work, are poised to call on “expert witnesses,” prepared to say anything to revive a long ago decided debate on the need to regulate greenhouse gases.

According to The Hill, one witness Republicans will be calling upon tomorrow is  the director of the Earth System Science Center at the University of Alabama-Huntsville, John Christy, who in previous testimony on the issue of climate change told members of Congress,

We have found that climate models and popular surface temperature data sets overstate the changes in the real atmosphere and that actual changes are not alarming . . .

‘The names are familiar in climate policy circles. “Climate change deniers have a short bench, so we were not surprised at their witnesses,’ said a Democratic aide.”

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