4/13/15, "House Hearing scheduled on President’s U.N. climate pledge," Judith Curry
"I will be testifying before the House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology on April 15.
The Hearing is titled The President’s UN Climate Pledge: Scientifically Justified or a New Tax on Americans? The Hearing web page is [here].
Committee Chair Lamar Smith has written a Hearing Charter, which provides a good overview of the history of the UNFCCC treaties.
The witnesses testifying are:
Dr. Judith Curry, Professor, School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology
The Honorable Karen Harbert,
President and CEO, Institute for 21st Century Energy, U.S. Chamber of
Commerce; Former Assistant Secretary for Policy and International
Affairs, U.S. Department of Energy
Mr. Jake Schmidt, Director, International Program, Natural Resources Defense Council
Dr. Margo Thorning, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, American Council for Capital Formation
I have not previously come across any of these individuals, but their
bios all look interesting and I look forward to their testimony.
Three of the witnesses are invited by the Republicans – the three females (!!!)
This Hearing is before the full Committee (I have testified
previously before this Committee, but only to the Subcommittee on the
Well I’m obviously not going to give away what I am going to say
before the Hearing (somehow this is the custom, I’m not sure why). But
here are some reflections on the process of preparing this particular
I wasn’t notified of the Hearing until Wed April 1. I was on travel
at the time, so I effectively had 8 days to prepare the written
testimony (I submitted it on Sunday). Basically, you need to drop
everything and work on the testimony.
In preparing to write the testimony, I read my previous 4 testimonies (since 2010; listed on About).
I also read about 20 previous blog posts that were on topics relevant
to what I planned to write about (the collection of previous blog posts
is an extremely convenient reference source for this).
I’m very pleased with what I eventually came up with for my written
testimony. I learned a lot about writing for an audience such as this
from my WSJ editorial experience [link].
I feel like I’m finally finding my voice on this issue. Will see how
it is received, I’m not very good at judging my own stuff.
The Committee asked for a one page summary of main points, which I
haven’t previously been asked to provide. Roger Pielke Jr always puts
‘take home points’ on the first page of his testimony; I’ve liked what
he does but never did it myself. It was a very interesting exercise to
do this, and not simple.
Oral testimony has always been my greatest challenge; I am not a
dynamic speaker. This was compounded at the Senate Hearing last year,
when my oral testimony went significantly over time and I got
‘hammered.’ The comments on the blog post were very constructive [link] and I appreciate them. Well I can’t promise ‘exciting’ verbal testimony, but I do promise ‘short’.
Well I’m running out of time in terms of preparing for my trip (I’ll
be traveling pretty much all day tomorrow to get to DC; no I am not
flying from Atlanta), so I need to cut this short.
The Hearing will be Webcast (starts at 10 a.m. Eastern Daylight
Time), which will also be archived. I will post my testimony sometime
on Wed." via Hockey Schtick