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.

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#1 Max (Guest) on Thursday December 02, 2010 at 11:13pm

Real Republicans should support energy independence for the sake of national security.

#2 Jake (Guest) on Friday December 03, 2010 at 5:03am

Totally man. I wonder how many people will notice their belief that $, and a lack of doing anything different than what they’ve always done as more important than the well being of everyone? Someday we’ll all be able to agree with thinking like is shown in this video?

#3 josh (Guest) on Saturday December 04, 2010 at 3:59pm

Republicans should support energy independence because the science on global warming is as airtight as gravity.  Supporting energy independence becausw it has the apparent effect of promoting stronger national security is a fools errand.  Effective governance is about setting goals and chasing them. Not fashioning some nebulous and reckless ideological position that plants a flag nowhere (“national security”).

#4 ClimateGate (Guest) on Saturday December 04, 2010 at 5:17pm

Ever hear about ClimateGate? Not everything the GOP does has something to do with the bible. Pfft..

#5 liberalartist on Wednesday December 08, 2010 at 9:22am

While the GOP fiddles, Rome burns

#6 Dean Rush (Guest) on Wednesday December 08, 2010 at 10:20am

I share concern for the environment. But not for the same reasons as the eco fascists

Republicans are right to oppose the climate bull. This climate bull is an attempt by marxists of the world to bring down western civilization. Every few years, there is a new attempt.

If the marxists like obamba, suzuki and euro commies were really concerned, they would force china and India into this. How can our hands be tied by eco fascists when the marxist countries have no such obligation.

#7 TorontoSecurityGuard (Guest) on Friday December 10, 2010 at 3:36pm

i aggre to Dean Rush….
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