Super Congress stacked with climate zombies
A ThinkProgress analysis finds that a majority of the members on the congressional special fiscal committee oppose regulation of global warming pollution. Even with the three House Democrats left to be named, seven of the 12-member committee are known to be climate zombies. Every Republican on the so-called Super Congress, as well as Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), have voted to reverse the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) work to limit greenhouse-gas pollution. Most of the Republicans named to the committee are proud torchbearers of global warming denial:
- Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.): “I do not say that it is man-made.”
- Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.): “From what I have read, there remains a great deal of uncertainty with regard to the scientific evidence about climate change.”
- Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.): “There has been an increase in the surface temperature of the planet over the course of the last 100 years or so. I think it’s clear that that has happened. The extent to which that has been caused by human activity I think is not as clear. I think that is still very much disputed and has been debated.”
- Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio): “When you analyze all the data, there is a warming trend according to science. But the jury is out on the degree of how much is man-made.”
Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) — whose top contributors include Koch Industries — has joined Camp and Upton in numerous votes this year to deny the threat of climate pollution, including H.R. 910, the House bill introduced by Upton to overturn the EPA’s scientific finding that greenhouse pollution endangers public health and welfare.
Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) also voted in April in a failed attempt to overturn the EPA’s scientific finding. Toomey and Portman were co-sponsors of that legislation.
However, Baucus has claimed that he has wanted Congress to lead on fighting climate pollution while opposing the EPA. He has the opportunity to become a climate hawk and insist that the fiscal package his committee devises include a civilization-saving, economy-spurring, and deficit-reducing carbon tax or cap-and-trade program.
Of the nine members already named to the committee, only Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) have been unequivocal about their efforts to fight greenhouse pollution.