The Energy and Commerce Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives met yesterday to consider legislation intended to handicap the ability of the Environmental Protection Agency to control air pollution. The committee’s Democrats lacked the votes to stop the bill from advancing to consideration by the full House, but they did have the opportunity to offer amendments to the bill.
One of the amendments, offered by Henry Waxman, would have merely acknowledged the best scientific knowledge of our time. The amendment read, “Congress accepts the scientific finding of the Environmental Protection Agency that ‘Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, as is now evident from observations of increases in global average air and ocean temperatures, widespread melting of snow and ice, and rising global average sea level.’”
Not one Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee voted in favor of this simple statement that Congress is willing to base its policies on the reality that’s been measured and confirmed and reconfirmed, over and over again, over the last generation. The following Republicans on the committee stood on the side of Cold Earther mythology, against science: