House Republicans "missing in action" on climate
In an op-ed at The HIll, Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D) says the Republican-led Energy and Commerce Committee has been "missing in action" on climate change:
During the last Congress, Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), the ranking member of the Energy and Power subcommittee, and I wrote 21 letters to Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) requesting hearings on climate change. We requested witnesses from the National Academy of Sciences, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the International Energy Agency, the World Bank, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and even the Vatican, all of whom had produced significant new reports or data. We requested to hear from researchers warning of harm to agriculture, national security, marine ecosystems, energy generation assets and communities affected by extreme weather and wildfires.
We never even got a response to our letters.
He goes on to detail how Republican denial of basic climate science has delayed action on reducing carbon in the atmosphere. Read the rest.