- The House Energy and Commerce Committee passed the bill to repeal the E.P.A.’s finding that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are a threat to human health. This would prevent the E.P.A. from enforcing rules to limit the production of these gases. During this committee the GOP refused to agree to these amendments:
Henry Waxman, D-Calif., asked Congress to concede 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.”
Diana DeGette, D-Colo.’s, amendment asked Congress to accept “the scientific finding of the Environmental Protection Agency that the ‘scientific evidence is compelling’ that elevated concentrations of greenhouse gases resulting from anthropogenic emissions ‘are the root cause of recently observed climate change.'”
Jay Inslee, D-Wash., asked Congress to accept that “the public health of current generations is endangered and that the threat to public health for both current and future generations will likely mount over time as greenhouse gases continue to accumulate in the atmosphere and result in ever greater rates of climate change.”
- Closer to home, Rep Knuth discussed the MN GOP’s push to repeal the ‘Next Generation Energy Act’ (passed by Governor Pawlenty)
- Rep Ingebrigtsen repeated his affirmation that he does not want to fund projects related to climate change because he believes global warming is a hoax.