By Ralph Schwartz
Doug Ericksen called in the past hour to discuss my recent blog posts about climate change, Don Easterbrook and reporters deciding what’s legitimate and what’s not.
“I don’t understand why, in the view of the media, if there’s someone you may not consider to be accurate, then it’s heresy or not justified,” Ericksen said.
My post Thursday suggested former WWU prof and climate-change denier Easterbrook’s appearance before Ericksen’s Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee might be a waste of time, because Easterbrook’s science is false. Today, I quoted Sen. Kevin Ranker’s thoughts on Easterbrook’s upcoming testimony.
Ericksen says he’s all about equal time, so I will be too. Here’s what the Republican senator from Ferndale had to say about welcoming Easterbrook to the committee:
“If I got a guy who’s going to come in and show me (temperature) charts that are cooling rather than heating … that’s kind of interesting and relevant if what he’s saying is true,” Ericksen said.
After all, he said, as chairman of the committee he had Gov. Jay Inslee in for an hour to discuss his bill, SB 5802, which would form a working group to find ways to meet carbon emission reduction goals. Also, Ericksen said, Sen. Ranker had an hour to present a bill about ocean acidification (increased carbon in the atmosphere is dissolving in the ocean, increasing the acidity and threatening shellfish).
“Let’s bring in people with different points of view,” Ericksen said. “I want everybody to have a fair shot to make their point in committee.”
After Easterbrook’s presentation, the thrust of the committee’s work on climate may need to move away from the consequences of a shrinking snowpack to “how to deal with food production” on a cooling planet, Ericksen said.
Ericksen described himself as a “climate agnostic” who wants a “clean environment.”
Barring a conflict, I plan to watch Easterbrook’s testimony. He is scheduled to appear in the E, E & T Committee at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26. It should be streamed on tvw.org.