Friday, December 9th, 2016

Ott brings Climategate back to Wisconsin

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Former meteorologist and current State Representative Jim Ott (R-Mequon) was asked by the Waukesha Freeman about the effect of Climategate, and what it means for Governor Doyle’s Global Warming Task Force.

Ott questions in a Tuesday news release how Gov. Jim Doyle’s Task Force will respond in light of the e- mails.

“Democrats in the state Assembly and Senate have been secretly developing a comprehensive package of legislation that will be introduced in Wisconsin based on the more than 50 recommendations put forth in the task force report,” the news release states. “Opponents have been warning that such a package will result in higher energy prices, oppressive regulations and cost the state thousands of manufacturing jobs.”

Ott told The Freeman the governor’s task force was developed around the scientific consensus that global warming is caused by humans. He also said if the task force’s recommendations go through, it will have a negative effect on Wisconsin’s economy.

“That is why the e-mails are absolutely disturbing,” said Ott, who added he will vote against the task force’s recommendations.

Additionally, Ott said that temperatures have remained steady for the last decade and have been cooler the past two years.

“I am not sitting here saying it is not possible that human activity can impact the earth’s climate … but I guess, on the other hand, I haven’t seen conclusive evidence that whatever warming we do have is caused by man,” Ott said. “I guess my feeling is that what we really should be doing is developing a sensible energy policy, both in Wisconsin and in the country.”

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