Michele Bachman, (R-MN-6), held a global warming denial promoting townhall without, par for the course for, even taking a question at the “townhall”. This session, which featured a presentation by Global Warming denier Chris Horner is most accurately described, as per the title, as the “Bachman-Horner Overdrive of Global Warming Denial”.
Despite an MIT professor’s written rejection of the misuse of his work by the Republican Party, Republicans around the country continue to distort the economic issues surrounding climate legislation with the dishonest citation of MIT as one of the crutches to their disinformation efforts.
According to an analysis by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the average American household could expect its yearly energy bill to increase by $3,128 per year.
Uh … FALSE … And, the author of the MIT report has directly refuted this reading of his work.
“It’s just wrong,” said John Reilly, an energy, environmental and agricultural economist at M.I.T. and one of the authors of the report. “It’s wrong in so many ways it’s hard to begin.”
Not only is it wrong, but he told the House Republicans it was wrong when they asked him.
“Someone from the House Republicans had called me (March 20) and asked about this,” Reilly said. “I had explained why the estimate they had was probably incorrect and what they should do to correct it, but I think this wrong number was already floating around by that time.”
He even wrote a letter to House Republicans asking them to stop this falsification of his work. As per Bachman’s words, this clearly didn’t stop the deceit.
And, Bachman had a range of deceit in her presentation.
For example, she happily pointed to an astroturf study that used deceptive analytical approaches to argue (FALSELY) that green programs had cost jobs in Spain.
As they say, Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics … Of course, we need to add a fourth category: Statistics Spouted by Global Warming Deniers.