As House Republican leadership attempts to prevent the EPA from implementing commonsense pollution safeguards, ranking Democrats in the House Energy and Commerce Committee have requested hearings on climate science.
In a letter to Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (MI-06), and Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (KY-01), Reps. Henry Waxman (CA-30) and Bobby Rush (IL-01) identified two new scientific studies that further link extreme weather to climate change.
Reps. Waxman and Rush argue:
"We believe it would be irresponsible for the Committee to ignore the mounting scientific evidence linking strange and dangerous weather to rising carbon levels in the atmosphere???[I]t is imperative that the Committee have an understanding of the science of climate change and the impact carbon pollution may be having on the weather in the United States and abroad. We cannot legislate wisely if we do not know what we are doing."