When I asked Dusty Johnson earlier this week if he was nervous about testifying before a U.S. Senate committee, he admitted to being a bit nervous about going before Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.
"There is no shortage of YouTube clips of her ripping witnesses a new crevice," he told me for a story published Tuesday.
Johnson delivered his testimony yesterday, and I watched the Webcast for a report I filed in today’s newspaper. Boxer did indeed go after Johnson and even made him admit that he didn’t know the answer to one of her questions, but all in all I thought he came away looking pretty good.
The real question is whether any of the concerns he expressed about Boxer’s climate-change legislation will be taken seriously, or if yesterday was just a sideshow. Whatever happens, it was pretty cool to see a local guy go up against a national political star and come away relatively unscathed.
If you want to watch a clip of Johnson’s testimony, click play below (fast forward to the end if you want to see his exchange with Boxer).