And I confess: like an idiot, I did not have my voice recorder turned on, so this is from memory and likely has some inaccuracies on details.
McClintock was up in town tonight, to speak along with Mark Meckler at a Tea Party Patriots meeting. (McClintock aide Igor Berman said the only Town Hall meeting per se that McClintock's holding this week will be down in Lincoln Friday night).
Afterward, I was able to speak one-on-one with McClintock for, it turned out, a very brief time.
I showed him & started to narrate the "change in average global temperature 1920-2010" image:
...which he did not want to look at, jumping in with "But it's been warming since the end of the Little Ice Age" (to which, alas, I did not give the correct "that was the sun, and this is fossil fuels" response, instead a less correct "no, we've been warming since we started burning fossil fuels" (note to blogger: practice with those flash cards!)); he countered "50 thousand years ago there was ice all over the northern hemisphere & we've been warming since then"; I countered "actually, that's due to the Milankovitch cycles & we were actually cooling [slightly & gradually, before the start of the Industrial Revolution]"
I noted that he'd voted against this amendment:
"Congress accepts the scientific findings of the Environmental Protection Agency that climate change is occurring, is caused largely by human activities, and poses significant risks for public health and welfare."...and asked which one(s) of these 3 findings he disagreed with; by that point he'd had enough & said "you know my views", then "I will not be monopolized by this" (this after he'd spent, oh, 20 minutes talking to others) & walked out.
(So I'd infer that he's sure it's natural, and not risky. But it would have been better to get explicit answers.)
What struck me (as bizarre) was how, in delivering his climate talking points, he appeared utterly without doubt; which may bolster the "reasoning is for argumentation" hypothesis ...or perhaps just the "I can't tell when people are bluffing" hypothesis.
Next time: video, or audio at least. And better preparation.