Not surprising, but still infuriating…
GOP members of the Energy and Commerce Committee rejected three amendments today that would have required Congress to accept that climate change is real, created by humans and hazardous to human health…
Committee ranking Democrat Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) offered up the amendment that would require congressional acceptance that climate change exists. Republicans nixed the idea, citing the possibility of shaky science.
"My good friend from California tries to make it clear that the science is settled," Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.) said in response. "I would say it's not settled."
In all fairness to Joe Barton, Joe Barton — who represents Texas' 6th congressional district — definitely would say that it's not settled. That's just one of the many things he would say.
Some of the other things he would say are, "Oil underneath Alaska proves that global warming is a lie," and "I'm sorry, BP, for my country being so mean to you after you spilled all that oil into our ocean."
So, he's clearly among the people who should be making this call, no?
Tags: California, Climate Change, Energy & Oil, Environment, Henry Waxman, House of Representatives, Joe Barton, Science & Technology, Texas