Republicans to Kill Climate Change Committee

December 2, 2010

In blog entries last month I mentioned the new House majority leadership's dismissal of climate science on the basis of scripture and their campaign to hassle scientists with Congressional investigations.  Now it appears that Republicans will kill a House committee devoted to addressing issues of climate change and energy independence.

According to the New York Times , Michael Steel, a spokesman for incoming House speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), says Republicans will eliminate the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, which was established in 2007 to examine climate change and energy independence issues.  This move should disturb even those climate change deniers who argue that there is an "ongoing debate" about the existence and cause of climate change, despite the overwhelming consensus of climate scientists worldwide that human-generated greenhouse gas emissions are a major cause of global warming. 

When Republican candidates are asked about teaching creationism alongside evolution in public schools, many make a great show of encouraging intellectual debate by allowing schools to "teach the (so-called) controversy."  When it comes to the threat posed by climate change, however, the House Republican leadership appears to have no interest in an honest examination of the relevant science.  For the time being, any hope that the U.S. government will finally act to address climate change appears to have vanished.