GOPer Aims to Take Control of Committee and Target Obama Administration Exploitation of Climate Change Hoax
Republican members of the House of Representatives will be taking a larger role in setting priorities for environmental legislation that might address the growing impact of global warming. The troubling aspect of this increase in power is the members set to take on larger leadership roles do not believe in the science of global warming.
One Republican from Illinois, John Shimkus, an evangelical Christian who thinks he deserves to lead an Energy and Commerce committee of which he has been a minority member, is on the record claiming â€œGodâ€™s post-Flood promise to Noah in Genesis 8:21â€ is â€œthe infallible word of God, and thatâ€™s the way the itâ€™s going to be for his creation.â€
Shimkus brought in â€œa theologian and leaders of the Lutheran churchâ€ to â€œtestify as witnessesâ€ as if to prove that their connection to God trumped science. He sought to convince those present at the committee hearing that global warmng was not going to destroy the planet. He even said, â€œThe Earth will end only when God declares it's time to be over. Man will not destroy this Earth. This Earth will not be destroyed by a Flood.â€ Meaning, all mankindâ€™s fears about melting polar ice caps should be ignored; God will get his best people on it and restore Earth to its original state soon.
Brad Johnson of Grist, a source for environmental news and commentary, reports nearly half of the Republican caucus in the House, including newly elected Republicans, question the â€œscientific consensus that greenhouse pollution is a civilizational threat.â€ Only nine Republicans could be considered as â€œclimate realistsâ€ who recognize climate change as a threat.
In the aftermath of the election, it has become abundantly clear that a â€œwitch huntâ€ will be waged against climate science and all environmental regulations instituted by the Environmental Protection Agency, which Tea Party conservatives consider to be some kind of villainous institution committed to take away statesâ€™ rights and other American freedoms (see secessionist Texas Gov. Rick Perryâ€™s new book Fed Up! for more).
TPMMuckraker reports Rep. Ralph M. Hall (R-TX), the oldest member of Congress and â€œa staunch supporter of the oil and gas industry in his home state of Texas,â€ is set to become the chair of the House Committee on Science and Technology. And Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), a man who apologized to BPâ€™s Tony Hayward in the middle of the Gulf oil disaster, will likely become head of the Energy & Commerce Committee.
Rep. Barton has earned a reputation as a â€œclimate change skeptic,â€ who once said to former Vice President Al Gore â€œhe was â€˜not just off a little, you're totally wrongâ€™ on global warming.â€ He has claimed, â€œGlobal warming science is uneven and evolving.â€ And, thatâ€™s probably because heâ€™s received over one hundred thousand dollars from the oil and gas industry so he has an interest in being â€œskepticalâ€ of global warming.
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), who will be the next chairman of the House Oversight Committee, intends to investigate â€œClimategateâ€ despite the fact that a Penn State investigative panel "determined that there is no substance" to the allegations and that the climate scientists "did not engage in, nor did he participate in, directly or indirectly, any actions that seriously deviated from accepted practices within the academic community for proposing, conducting, or reporting research, or other scholarly activities." And, Rep. George Sensenbrunner (R-WI) would like to abuse the power of a Democratic Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming and utilize the committeeâ€™s â€œoversight and subpoena powerâ€ to â€œput a tall hurdle in the pathâ€ of the EPA and â€œfurther expose the economic destruction these policies would bring.â€
The intent of these climate zombies or future eaters is clear: they think industry profits or the contents of religious stories should trump a personâ€™s right to a clean planet. And, by casting doubt on science, they demonstrate a callous insensitivity toward the right not just future generations of Americans but future generations of the world should have to live free and prosper on Planet Earth.
Those afraid of what the GOP might do now that it has gained power in Congress should note the plans a group of about 40 scientists have to act as â€œrapid response teamâ€ and â€œdive into the often hostile media environment and try to correct misinformation about global warming.â€ The group will seek to bridge the gap between what scientists understand to be fact and what the American public has been conditioned to believe about global warming.
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