Blaine Luetkemeyer announced today that he is re-introducing legislation that he says would prohibit the US from "contributing to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), an organization fraught with waste and engaged in dubious science." Luetkemeyer introduced similar legislation in the lass Congress, winning the support of fellow luminaries like Michele Bachmann, Todd Akin, Steve King and Joe Barton.
This move should shock no one. Luetkemeyer has a long history of completely misrepresenting scientific data about climate change, and believing "man-made global change is nonsense."
Here's what the Post-Dispatch wrote in July 2009 about his embarrassing work in Washington on issues of climate change and clean energy policy.
Last year's global average temperature was the 10th warmest since 1850. In fact, eight of the past 10 years, and 13 of the last 14, are among the warmest on record.
So naturally, Blaine Luetkemeyer, a Republican member of Congress from Missouri's 9th district, has concluded: "We are undergoing a period of worldwide cooling."
Mr. Luetkemeyer, of St. Elizabeth in Miller County, was a farmer, insurance man, banker, state representative and state tourism director before being elected to Congress last November. His college degree is in political science, not climate science.
Nevertheless, he has now proclaimed the data behind concern over global warming to be "international junk science."
Last week, he introduced a bill that would prohibit U.S. financial contributions to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the world's most authoritative scientific body. The IPCC won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for compiling and publishing mountains of scientific data on global climate change.
But Mr. Luetkemeyer - who freely admits he hasn't read any of it - thinks its junk science.