House Votes To Deny Climate Change Causes Again, While Senate Supports EPA Authority on Emissions

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Alice in Wonderland on the Potomac continues in full force, the sane news first:

The Senate has rejected a measure that would stop the EPA from regulating greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act. The vote fell short of the support needed to pass by people. The House takes up a similar bill today and all signs pointing to in passing. Come on people. Since a 2007 Supreme Court decision confirming that the EPA does have the authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, polluters have tried to roll back that authority, afraid that they will have to actually stop polluting.

Now the not so sane news: In the House has voted down an amendment from Henry Waxman that would enshrine into the record an affirmation from Congress that it believes that human activity is responsible for climate change and that this isn't a good thing.

Congress accepts the scientific findings of the Environmental Protection Agency that climate change is occurring, is caused by human activities, and poses significant risks for public health and welfare.

I'm not sure that this is a rejection of science as Climate Progress claims and has claimed time and time again. The opposition from Republicans isn't as principled and thought out as that. It's about nepotism, protecting polluters' profits, and the status quo, far more than it's about science.

Despite public displays otherwise, Im increasingly convinced that opposition to climate change action stops far short of debating the science. That opposition is just a pickpocket's distraction. Follow my right hand while my left hand robs you.

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