Representative Matt Wingard Speech on Climategate

Rep. Matt Wingard (R-Wilsonville) rose on the House Floor to share a Washington Times editorial on “Climategate” where hacked e-mails from the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit revealed that global warming advocates had for years attempted to hide conflicting data and silence their professional critics. While world temperatures cool, “climate change fanatics seek to blame capitalism and productivity for global warming, global cooling, too much snow, not enough snow, hurricanes, tornadoes and even the Haiti earthquake.”

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  • Jerry

    It is ALL a total fraud and has been from the start.
    Anyone stupid enough to believe these liars is an idiot.
    Sorry, but that is the truth.
    Now, if you will admit to the con, all will be forgiven, but if you hold to these false notions even yet, then you really are not worth our time.
    Maybe the warmers all have bright’s disease. Just a little too bright.

    • Rupert in Springfield

      >if you hold to these false notions even yet, then you really are not worth our time.

      This might be true in the case of the average person. Their beliefs, foolish or not do not impact the rest of us. However the “scientists” and politicians who continue at this stage to perpetuate this scam are of consequence. They are trying to steal from all of us.

      The only difference between the rip off of people by the AGW scammers and Goldman Sachs is that Goldman is penny ante compared to the rip off the AGW crowd has perpetrated.

  • Rupert in Springfield

    In light of the recent admission by the now disgraced head of CRU that there has been no statistical warming over the last 15 years its good this is being talked about.

    These people need to be held to account for trying to essentially rip off the world. The make Ken Lay or Bernie Madoff look positively respectable. The CRU himself has finally admitted that which the AGW beleivers have been in denial about, that there us been no warming for 15 years, in direct contradiction to predictions made by AGW advocates. There needs to be serious investigation into who profited from this scandal and how to best recover their ill gotten gains.

    “Scientists” who hit us all up for taxpayer funds to investigate a crises that they manufactured are no different than common con men. Like Bernie Madoff, they simply made everything up and bilked people out of their money. They need to be held to the same standard in the laborotoary as they would be on the trading floor.

    • valley p

      “They are trying to steal from all of us.”

      What are all these scientists trying to “steal” Rupert? You mean the whole thing is a get rich plot by the world’s scientists? You are deep into Beckcrazyland here.

      • Rupert in Springfield

        You have never heard of academics pursuing false or dubious research simply to keep their grant money coming it?

        Maybe you shouldn’t comment if you are unaware of this as it is hardly unheard of.

        I was married to two of them as well as having a mother in law who was a secretary with a USDA research facility in Corvallis. Plenty of “research” going on simply to get grant money. In one of these cases the head of the facility had been getting grants and hadnt published a single article in five years! He lost his job over this exact issue, churning the research grant machine and producing nothing of value. At least he didn’t produce phony science that wound up costing everyone else money.

        If you are going to be in denial about that, it’s fine, but it doesnt change the basic truth of the matter.

        Then again, you are the guy who was in denial of the fact that there had been no warming in the past decade. Looks like now even the guys making the big bucks off of AGW don’t agree with you.

        • valley p

          “You have never heard of academics pursuing false or dubious research simply to keep their grant money coming it?”

          I suppose it happens. But assuming that because some academics you once knew pulled a scam means ALL or MOST climate scientists are scamming the entire world on the most important scientific issue of our time is quite a leap. And in the case you mentioned, the point seemed to be the dude did not publish anything. Well plenty has been published in the field of climate research. You just don’t accept what has been found out. End of story.

          No warming the past decade? Interesting. The World Meteorological Society (a bunch of pointy-headed elitist snobs) reported that 2000-2009 was the warmest decade since records have been kept in the 1850s. The second warmest decade? The 1990s.

          http://www.wmo.int/pages/mediacentre/press_releases/pr_869_en.html

          You are the one in denial Rupert. But if the worlds climate scientists aren’t enough for you, there isn’t much I can do about it. You are entitled to be wrong.

          • Jerry

            I am with Rupert on this one. Those lying fools were in it for just the money and/or the glory. No other possible reason.
            Plus, by their own admission, they are NOT scientists. They are simply buffoons who make stuff up, lose stuff, print stuff they know nothing about, and then rake in the grant money and rub shoulders with none other than AlGore, who is a total buffoon as well.
            They should be held accountable, but, sadly, they won’t be as the left wingers, the warmers, and the state controlled media will just let them slide.
            But, hopefully, the public will not.
            Man, when I say buffoons, I am being as gentle as possible.
            I wonder how these fools get to work in the morning. They must have drivers. How else would they find the place?

          • valley p

            “I am with Rupert on this one. ”

            Well Jerry, given your track record with the world of facts, if I were Rupert I’d be reconsidering my position.

          • Rupert in Springfield

            >But if the worlds climate scientists aren’t enough for you, there isn’t much I can do about it. You are entitled to be wrong.

            Good lord, anyone who is unaware that the former head of the CRU has been forced to admit there was no warming for the last 15 years is so out of touch its hardly worth arguing with them.

            Get back to me when you read up on the subject or grow up enough to admit when you are wrong.

            No warming for the past 15 years. I said it and was right, you have denied it here for years and are now clearly wrong. Live with it.

          • valley p

            You see Rupert, you continue to prove my point. He “admitted” no such thing. He said there has not been statistically significant change over the past decade. But the data in the link I sent you clearly show that this decade was the warmest ever. How can that be? Because we seem to have hit a plateau, probably a temporary one. If you read the full interview with him, he points out that the time frame of a decade is far too short to show a trend.

            So again, no you are not right. You are either deliberately obtuse or just obtuse. The data you rely on to make your claim is from NASA and the CRU, which in the past you have said both lie about their data. I suppose they only “lie” when their data contradicts your beliefs. Their data shows that 2008 was the “coolest” year of the decade, but it was also the 10th warmest year since records have been kept. Each of the 10 warmest years has occurred since 1997. Does that seem like a cooling planet to you?

            But why was 2008 “cooler?” It turns out it was predicted, due to a very strong la nina, by the same scientists you say are scamming us for money. The same scientists who collect and analyze the data you claim show cooling. If they were scamming us, why wouldn’t they juice the data upwards? If these guys are scamming they need a lesson or two.

            You can’t be convinced of any of this Rupert, but it is all factual.

  • Anonymous

    It’s too funny but the loons at BlueOregon are trying to smear Wingard by spinning his speech as plagiarism.
    The comments there are just too asinine to quote here so take walk through that blog thread yourselves.

    Michael Savage and Rahm Emanuel are right about these lefties.

    So did Matt infer, suggest, or publish the speech as his own compostion. Of course not.

    He read and well put together piece from the Washington Times.

    The ignorant brats at BlueOregon don’t like the content and the rejection of their favorite cause, AGW, so they engage in an sleazy effort to further the AGW fraud by lambasting a legislator they hate.

    BlueOregon, with most of their regulars, are contributing to the ongoing effort to defraud the public and advance sweeping public policies based on that fraud. There is no longer any credibility or legitimacy to the global warming movement yet these hard left loons prefer to stay the course hoping to salvage some angle of advantage to further the cause.

    They advocate for the taxing of energy, limiting fossil fuel use, adopting punitive regulations and the redistribution of wealth for the sake of climate justice.

    • dartagnan

      “So did Matt infer, suggest, or publish the speech as his own compostion. Of course not.”

      Did he identify the Washington Times as the source? If not, it was plagiarism — passing somebody else’s writing off as his own. It’s as simple as that.

      And the fact that he didn’t think he’d get caught shows he’s not just a plagiarist but a stupid plagiarist.

  • Kari Chisholm

    Sorry, but no – you can’t whitewash this.

    Wingard didn’t credit the Washington Times with his speech. Furthermore, if he was merely “sharing an editorial”, he’d have read it verbatim. Instead, he changed a bunch of the words to cover his tracks, left out a bunch of it, and inserted a paragraph he stole from Margaret Wente at the Globe and Mail.

  • Oregonian

    Intellectual property law is very clear. You don’t attribute, you don’t source, you’re stealing.

    Matt Wingard stole. It was intellectually dishonest, and quite frankly deplorable.

    How anyone could support this guy writing law, when he can’t seem to obey even the simplest of them–middle schoolers are all taught extensively about plagiarism–is beyond me.

  • Kari Chisholm

    For example, you note in your post that the Washington Times editorial included this phrase:

    “climate change *fanatics* seek to blame capitalism and productivity for global warming, global cooling, too much snow, *not enough snow*, hurricanes, tornadoes and even the *Haiti* earthquake.”

    But that’s not Wingard said. Watch the video. He said:

    “climate alarmists seek to blame capitalism and productivity for global warming, global cooling, too much snow, *too little snow*, hurricanes, tornadoes and even the *Haitian* earthquake.”

    If he was reading the text, fully cited, why would he make those changes? Sorry, but no.

    • Hawk

      Hahahahah. The idiots on the left are trying to shoot the messenger! They just will not address the issue head on. Classic!

      Supporters of the theory of global warming always present their argument as follows;

      Global warming has caused a lack of rainfall
      Global warming has caused increased rainfall
      Hurricane activity is caused by global warming
      A lack of hurricane activity is caused by global warning
      Global warning causes above average snowfall
      Global warming causes below average snowfall
      Unseasonably warm weather is proof of global warming
      Unseasonably cool weather is proof of global warming
      Sunlight during the daytime is proof of global warming
      The lack of sunlight at night is proof of global warming

      • mp97303

        Go on over to blue oregon and bring your best. They will gladly debate you all day long.

  • mp97303

    How about conservatives act like the morally superior people they claim to be and call him out on this. The legislative audio of the days events don’t lie. No mention was ever given that this was not his own work.

    He screwed up big time. Have some integrity and call him on it.

    • Steve Plunk

      Let’s stick the topic of AGW for now. Using misdirection to get us on the subject of who wrote what part of his speech is silliness.

      The IPCC and associated climate scientists have done the world an incredible disservice. They have not only fooled us for years and caused a misallocation of resources but they have also sullied science and scientists everywhere.

      • valley p

        Fooled us? Did they fool us into the fact that 2000-2009 was the warmest decade on record Steve? Did they fool us that the Arctic ice sheet is at its thinnest since it has been measured? What does it take to get through to you?

        http://www.wmo.int/pages/mediacentre/press_releases/pr_869_en.html

        • Jerry

          No, you are right. It is very warm out there somewhere.
          Man, keep clinging. Maybe your energy use in trying to cling to this failed nonsense is the chief cause of warming.

        • Steve Plunk

          valley p asks what it takes to get through to me? How about good science and less leftist politics in the AGW debate? Don’t you read the news valley p? Do you avoid using logic and reason when you hear of something like AGW? Just be patient and this will all unravel soon enough.

          • valley p

            Good science? Are you the judge of good science Steve? OK how about this. The science clearly shows that the 10 warmest years on record have all occurred since 1997. Is that good enough for you?

            I didn’t think so.

          • valley p

            Leftist politics? Absurd. Science has no politics. Do I read the news? Yes. And “the news” is that the earth is warming due primarily to CO2 buildup in the atmosphere. In other words, the news has reported the scientific findings. It has also reported a lot of nothing about stolen emails. That is news in the same way a car wreck is news. It is of interest, but does not change the physics of forward momentum hitting fixed object.

            Logic and reason? Yes, I consider myself a logical and reasonable fellow. Every major scientific organization in the world has told us repeatedly that the earth is on a warming trend due to CO2 buildup. And if we don’t take action to do something about it we are on an irreversible and risky course. What is illogical and no longer reasonable is to doubt this.

            Be patient? Sure….I’m patient. The arctic and Antacrtic ice sheets are also patient. They don’t care if they are liquid or ice, but we should.

          • Steve Plunk

            valley p your ignorance and impatience are astounding. Are you the judge of good science? I simply apply the standard scientific method taught to high school kids and see they have failed. Flawed data, cherry picking data, can’t reproduce results, manipulation of computer models, undermining other scientists work through politics, the list goes on. Mann is under investigation, Jones is under investigation, Pachauri is discredited in his own country and admitted including untruths in the IPCC report. What part of crappy science is so hard to understand? Ice caps? We have been measuring them for what? A hundred years? Climate changes over thousands of years. Cycles of climate take place over decades, centuries, and millenia. Did CO2 build up cause the medieval warming period? Phil Jones says it was warmer then than now but doesn’t know why. There are so many holes in this lie it’s hard to cover them all. Ask the polar bears.

            Recent warming you say? Jones also admits there has been no statistically significant warming in the last 15 years. Huh. What do you know about that. Apparently that’s the decline that was needing to be hidden by the climate cabal.

            This smelled like a typical end of days environmental scare story from the start. When Mann wouldn’t share his data or program something smelled. When the rush to do something outweighed prudence and more study something smelled. The leaked emails made things smell worse yet. Now the IPCC’s hurricane claims are suspect. The Chinese weather stations. The US weather stations. Those who don’t see a problem are ignoring all of this.

          • valley p

            “Are you the judge of good science?”

            No. Internationally recognized scientific associations are. Read what any of them has to say on global warming and report back.

            “I simply apply the standard scientific method taught to high school kids and see they have failed.”

            So I guess that makes YOU the judge of what is good science? Something you learned in high school? And you call me ignorant? I guess I can live with that.

            “Did CO2 build up cause the medieval warming period? ”

            Please. That can has been kicked so many times by now it is as flat as the earth was believed to be back then. No one has ever claimed the earth’s climate never changes due to phenomena other than CO2. The entire ice ages were caused by a “wobble” in the tilt of the earth. The record is not complete enough to presume the MWP was global. You can’t ascribe a current event to a past unknown. That is not science.

            “Recent warming you say? Jones also admits there has been no statistically significant warming in the last 15 years.”

            Well if Jones is discredited than why do you believe that? And why do you think he would put forth data that contradicts him if he is dishonest? Warmest decade ever Steve. That is what we just had. 10 warmest years on record all occurred over the last 13 years. Explain that. Or don’t.

            “Those who don’t see a problem are ignoring all of this. ”

            Those who think a few leaked emails and a decade long temperature plateau overturns over 100 years of science are the ones with a selective mentality Steve.

          • Hawk

            Jones has also said in an interview the climate was warmer during the Medieval Warm Period. In sort, Jones has admitted AGW is a fraud.

            I suspect valley p has drank the whole pitcher.

  • Bob Clark

    I ascribe to the George Taylor’s Man made global warming view. This view is man’s activities do contribute at least some fractional amount to the earth’s atmospheric warming but the predominate causes are natural. Temperature data for Portland International airport does suggest warming for this area since at least the mid 1980s. But here again urbanization surrounding the temperature gauge might explain a portion of even this and more importantly natural causes like solar activity.

    The best course of action would seem to be for individuals to make their individual decisions on how best to balance their environmental impact while maintaining material well being. Government mandates are so draconian as to be worse than the “climate change” problem. A problem greatly exaggerated by those seeking both profit and/or power.

  • Anonymous

    Kari,
    You sure are a buffoon.

    It doesn’t need whitewashing.

    You’re tripping out, nitwit effort to smear Matt because he didn’t mention what he was reading is typical for you and BO.
    His minor paraphrasing of small parts is also not any indication of an effort to “cover his tracks”.

    You’re a complete jerk.

    If Matt was “covering his tracks ” as you fabricated, he would have changed enough to actually provide cover, idiot.

    But you’re making up things like all good warmers do.

    Wingard stole nothing.

    You’ve gone loony and abandoned integrity in an effort to help the AGW fraud. Cover up is the left’s play now with global warming in collapse.

    The Democrats who’s blood boiled at Wingard’s statement have your same ethics.

    It’s easy to support Wingard as he is extraordinarily honest and savvy.
    Far above the typical Democrats such as Nolan or Devlin.

    How can you Democrats support these fools who can’t seem to obey simple logic and common sense?

    “Alarmists”,or “Fanatics”matters not.
    You’re perpetrating fraud.

    Just as you with education policies, land use policies, transportation policies and environmental policies.

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