Friday, September 13, 2013

Republican Controlled Subcommittee on Energy to Hold Hearings on Climate Change

The likelihood of House Republicans exploring the science of climate change is right up there with hell freezing over. However, this is precisely what is scheduled to take place, (no not hell freezing over Republicans investigating the science of climate change). Believe it or not House Republicans have summoned the leaders of 13 federal agencies to a hearing set to take place on September 18, 2013. These hearings will examine the sweeping climate change agenda proposed by US President Barack Obama in June.

Organized by the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power, these hearing are asking relevant federal agencies about US climate change policies and the Obama administration's climate agenda. These hearings come in response to the President's request that Congress develop market-based legislation to reduce greenhouse gases.

This is a major step for House Republicans which up until this point have ignored all attempts to get them to examine the facts on global warming. Since 2011, subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (KY) has denied a total of 27 separate requests by Democrats to hold hearings on climate change. It will be fascinating to watch how House Republicans, a well known bastion of climate denial, deal with such a science based approach to the issues.

Whitfield has invited testimony from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of the Interior, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Defense, the Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Export-Import Bank of the U.S., the Office of Science and Technology, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

It should come as no surprise that this is in no way an endorsement of the President's climate agenda. The hearings are but the latest attempt by Republicans in Congress to diminish the administration’s climate change agenda.

The Climate Reality Project is encouraging legislators to support a scientific approach to managing climate change. Click here to find out how.

© 2013, Richard Matthews. All rights reserved.

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