October 8, 2015

In Which Senator Cruz Eviscerates Sierra Club's Token Moron Aaron Mair

In which Mair is revealed to be so blindly stupid and so locked into rote answers that one would have to question just what, exactly, was this man's prime qualification for his job as head of the Sierra Club.

Cruz: Well, I would not that even the phrase “preponderance of the evidence,” having been a practicing lawyer for many years, means 51%, that means 49 . . . at least 51% is what the preponderance means. You know, I would ask, for example, if you want to end debate, if you don’t want to address the facts, how do you address the fact that the last 18 years the satellite data show no demonstrable warming whatsoever?

Mair: Sir, I would rely upon the Union of Concerned Scientists, and I would rely on the evidence, again, of our own NOAA officials, the data are there.

Cruz: Is it correct that the satellite data over the last 18 years demonstrate no significant warming?

Mair: No.

Cruz: How is it incorrect?

Mair: [Confers with staff.] Based upon our experts, it’s been refuted long ago, and there is no longer, it’s not up for scientific debate.

Cruz: I’m curious . . . If . . . So it’s . . . I want to understand . . . I do find it highly interesting that the President of the Sierra Club when asked what the satellite data demonstrate about warming, apparently is relying on staff. The nice thing about the satellite data is that they are objective numbers. . .

Mair: Correct.

Cruz: Numbers over the last 18 years. Are you familiar with the phrase “the pause”?

Mair: [Confers with staff.] The answer is yes. And, essentially, we rest on our position.

Cruz: And to what . . . you said you are familiar with the pause, and to what does the phrase “the pause” refer?

Mair: [Confers with staff, turns back around to look at Cruz, does not speak.]

Cruz: I’m sorry you said you are familiar with that term, so I asked to what does it refer?

Mair: [Confers with staff.] Essentially it’s the slowing in global warming in the ’40s, Sir.

Cruz: During the ’40s. [Mair nods in agreement.] Is it not the term that global warming alarmists have used to explain the inconvenient truth, to use a phrase popularized by former Vice President Al Gore, that the satellite data over the last 18 years demonstrate no significant warming whatsoever? Global warming alarmists call that “the pause” because the computer models say there should be dramatic warming, and yet the actual satellites taking the measurement don’t show any significant warming.

Mair: But Senator, 97% of the scientists concur and agree that there is global warming, and anthropogenic impact with regards to global warming.

Cruz: The problem with that statistic that gets cited a lot is that it’s based on one bogus study. And indeed your response . . . I would point out your response is quite striking. I asked about the science and the evidence, the actual data, we have satellites, they’re measuring temperature . . .

Mair: Right.

Cruz: That should be relevant. And your answer is pay no attention to your lying eyes, and the numbers, that the satellites show. Instead listen to the scientists who are receiving massive grants, who tell us, do not debate the science.

Mair: Sir, this is the . . . one of the national pastimes in America. And while we’re debating what 97% of scientists have already settled, the 3% that, as they say, have investment in regard to carbon industry, our planet is heating and cooking up and warming. So this is one of the reasons . . .

Cruz: So it is the Sierra Club’s position that right now the Earth is cooking up and heating and warming. Is that the Sierra Club’s . . . I mean I just want to quote you and understand your position.

Mair: I’m saying I concur with 97% of our, of the world’s scientists, with regards to global warming and the anthropogenic effects of mankind with regards to climate.

Cruz: But Sir, would you answer the question. Is it the Sierra Club’s position, as you just testified, that the Earth is cooking up and heating and warming, right now. Is that the Sierra Club’s position?

Mair: Global temperatures are on the rise, Sir.

Cruz: And I assume the Sierra Club would issue a public retraction if confronted with the facts that the data are precisely as I described that over the last 18 years there has been no significant warming, and indeed that is why global warming alarmists invented the term “the pause” to explain what they call the pause in global warming because the data demonstrate what you just said, that the Earth is cooking and warming, is not backed up by the data.

Mair: We are concurring with 97% of the scientists who absolutely say the opposite, Sir.

Cruz: So if the data are contrary to your testimony, would the Sierra Club issue a retraction?

Full transcript is HERE AT: Sierra Club President’s Testimony Reveals It’s Worse Than We Thought. Climate Change? No. Group Think About Climate Change.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at October 8, 2015 8:49 AM
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I assume the job of the staff member directly behind him is to pull the string coming out of his back when it's his turn to talk.

Fun, but a waste of Cruz's time.

Posted by: John at October 8, 2015 10:04 AM

That Mair is shameless, and what Cruz did to him is shameful.

The saddest part is that Cruz spoke way above their level of comprehension.

Posted by: ghostsniper at October 8, 2015 11:58 AM

Mair is just another monument to affirmative action.

Posted by: Don Rodrigo at October 8, 2015 1:09 PM

He’s the current “president” of the otherwise lily-white Sierra Club? I wonder if they even ever took him out to a national park to understand what it is they get their hiking-shorts kicks from?

Environmentalism is a white people problem. Why did they need a "negro?"

Posted by: Don Rodrigo at October 8, 2015 1:18 PM

His quals ?

Quals ?! ... his melanin level is the only thang

Any attempts to accurately describe him as intellectually unencumbered will be met with the response "Raycisss"

Posted by: OhioDude at October 8, 2015 1:18 PM

This is the same conversation you could have with any leftist about any of their platform points. They are so indoctrinated to the approved so-called talking points, that you will never convince them otherwise.

Posted by: mary at October 8, 2015 1:34 PM

From Texas to the USA: You're welcome.

Posted by: theduchessofkitty at October 8, 2015 3:43 PM

The 97% is the most stunningly irrelevant statistic in the world.

In 1931 a book was published in Germany, Hundert Autoren Gegen Einstein (A Hundred Authors Against Einstein), a collection of criticisms of Einstein’s theory of relativity.

When asked about the book, Einstein retorted by saying “Why 100 authors? If I were wrong, then one would have been enough!”

Percentages of scientists are utterly irrelevant to the evaluation of scientific matters

Posted by: Fat Man at October 8, 2015 3:48 PM

@ Fat Man:

... But but but! Democracy! If the majority of scientists say something is so, it MUST be so! Majority rule!!

[pulls tongue out of cheek]

Hale Adams
Pikesville, People's still-mostly-Democratic Republic of Maryland

Posted by: Hale Adams at October 8, 2015 6:16 PM

Sweet Jesus. Cruz made a chump of that poor man...with his own words.

Posted by: Snakepit Kansas at October 8, 2015 7:36 PM

And the liberal filth. just like the neocon filth, never let reality interfere with their narrative.

Posted by: Bill Jones at October 8, 2015 9:40 PM

When attacking intense stupidity and deliberate falsification, satire and Cruz missiles are called for.

Posted by: Howard Nelson at October 10, 2015 9:19 AM