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After ignoring and obstructing action on climate change for over 30 years, the House GOP are planning a major meeting on climate change for Sept. 18. They have invited leaders of 13 federal agencies to testify. It will be the first time since President Obama unveiled his climate action plan in June that administration officials will testify on Capitol Hill about the agenda. Those invited include leaders of the Environmental Protection Agency; the departments of Agriculture, Defense, Energy, Health and Human Services, Interior, State, and Transportation; the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the Commerce Department; NASA; the U.S. Agency for International Development; the Export-Import Bank; and the White House Office of Science and Technology.
In the letters, Whitfield asks nine questions about how each agency devotes its time, money, and resources to climate-change policies and requests each official to include answers in his or her written testimony at the hearing. The subcommittee had asked the agencies to respond by Wednesday about who will testify. By press time Wednesday evening, only the Defense Department had confirmed it will provide a witness, although a Pentagon spokesperson was not able to provide the name. The subcommittee expects to confirm more witnesses in the coming days.


The hearing, entitled "The Obama Administration's Climate Change Policies and Activities," will touch on the science underpinning global climate change. A draft of a major United Nations report leaked to Reuters earlier this week showed that the panel of scientific experts writing the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report is at least 95 percent certain that human activity—primarily burning of fossil fuels—is the biggest cause of global warming since the 1950s. The IPCC is the primary guide countries use when deciding how to confront climate change.

Amazing news but difficult to know what the House GOP is trying to accomplish with this meeting considering according to Think Progress/Climate the GOP is in the pocket of the fossil fuel industry which has contributed to their sellout stance on climate change.
Almost 55 percent — 128 members — of the current Republican caucus in the House of Representatives deny the basic tenets of climate science. 65 percent (30 members) of the Senate Republican caucus also deny climate change. What this means is that they have made public statements indicating that they question or reject that climate change is real, is happening, and is caused by human consumption of fossil fuels.
So will we have to wait until September to find out if the GOP will continue to try to misinform and obstruct on climate change action?  Will they finally give in to the reality that is all around us?  

I'd like to be a witness if their base ever recognizes that they have been lied to and manipulated on the greatest crisis the human species has ever faced.


Originally posted to beach babe in fl on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 09:14 AM PDT.

Also republished by Climate Change SOS and Daily Kos.

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  •  The rich and educated ones are doing something (8+ / 0-)

    about it. Denying it exists, while stockpiling money and buying fortresses in areas that are likely to be less affected by it.

    "If you don't sin, then Jesus died for nothing!" (on a sign at a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans)

    by ranger995 on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 09:17:47 AM PDT

  •  Maybe they will have a (5+ / 0-)

    Come-to-Jesus moment and adopt a positive role instead of a retrograde one.

    I will try to suspend my disbelief and will hope for the best.

    It's the Supreme Court, stupid!

    by Radiowalla on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 09:26:23 AM PDT

  •  Don't hold your breath! (9+ / 0-)

    You couls faint, fallover, and hurt yourself that way!

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 09:28:52 AM PDT

  •  my guess would be (10+ / 0-)

    that they're doing this as a way to suggest that government entities are wasting time on "librul junk science propaganda"

    "Whitfield asks nine questions about how each agency devotes its time, money, and resources to climate-change policies"

  •  They want to find out from the horse's mouth (8+ / 0-)

    which agencies are most effective and powerful in fighting climate change.  Then they'll know who to attack and defund.

    Fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity -- George Carlin

    by ZedMont on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 09:43:43 AM PDT

  •  With the latest IPCC report due out, they are (4+ / 0-)

    probably seeking ways to undermine it.

    Politico is reporting on a leaked rough draft that says that the odds that humans have caused the warming are up to 95%  

    To be free and just depends on us. Victor Hugo.

    by dizzydean on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 09:44:07 AM PDT

  •  They Need to Know Where to Focus Cuts nt (4+ / 0-)

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 10:20:07 AM PDT

  •  Someone like Paul Broun gonna chair the meeting? (2+ / 0-)
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    “All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and the Big Bang Theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of Hell,” Broun said. “And it’s lies to try to keep me and all the folks who were taught that from understanding that they need a savior.”

    In the same speech, Broun claimed “I don’t believe that the Earth’s but about 9,000 years old. I believe it was created in six days as we know them. That’s what the Bible says.”

    And he's on the Science Committee.

    We need to find a way forward to make sure that we can stop terrorists while protecting privacy and liberty of innocent Americans - Then Senator - Barack Obama

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 12:28:43 PM PDT

  •  their base may never... (1+ / 0-)
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    they will see it as god's will...or something.

    ...if their base ever recognizes that they have been lied to and manipulated on the greatest crisis the human species has ever faced.
    but maybe moderates...and the average citizens that don't have time to pay attention...or dig thru the propaganda and denial spewed...hopefully they will notice the same people that lied about this also lied about...deregulation, trickle down, etc...

    thanks for keeping us informed.

    We are not broke, we are being robbed...but we can fight back...#KosKatalogue

    by Glen The Plumber on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 02:26:00 PM PDT

  •  It is indeed fortunate (2+ / 0-)
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    that all of the posturing and ignorant bloviation is about to become irrelevant as we reach Grid Parity over wider and wider areas of the world. Goldman Sachs is telling anybody who will listen not to invest in coal for generating power or for export to other countries. Not because Goldman is any friend of Progressive causes, but because there is real money at stake. The financial markets will no longer provide funding for building new coal-fired power plants.

    Renewables technology is advancing faster than even previously predicted. They are growing at better than 30% annually in the US, which means a doubling in less than 3 years. Five more doublings from the present roughly 3% will take 15 years. That would be 6%, 12%, 24%, 48%, 96%. The process will be complete by 2030.

    Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

    by Mokurai on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 06:17:02 PM PDT

    •  wrote about the growth of solar here... (0+ / 0-)

      Macca's Meatless Monday

      by VL Baker on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 06:48:36 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Don't see this entrenched industry going so fast (0+ / 0-)

      Even with grid parity.  Capital costs of coal production and burning may not allow it to hang on long in rich countries.  But natural gas could hang on a long time, since combustion turbine tech is driven by the airline industry and capital cost is low.

      All sorts of penny-wise, pound-foolish things hang on because of sunk cost, low capital cost, or government favoritism.  Pick one or more; all three could apply to natural gas.

  •  They're shorting the planet (2+ / 0-)
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    and think that makes them savvy businessmen.

    The GOP can't win on ideas. They can only win by lying, cheating, and stealing. So they do.

    by psnyder on Sat Aug 24, 2013 at 08:09:32 PM PDT

  •  Sounds like a fishing expedition judging from (5+ / 0-)

    the questions they're asking.  No matter how positive the answers are, by.the time the Republicns get through with them, those agencies will be hammered.  the Republicns I'll be looking for reasons to cut funding or eliminate the agencies altogether.

    We must, indeed, all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately. B. Franklin

    by Observerinvancouver on Sat Aug 24, 2013 at 08:16:02 PM PDT

  •  I would expect (2+ / 0-)
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    I would expect that the hearing will just involve the usual peddling of anti-scientific nonsense. The inclusion of the president's name indicates that they will try to make it sound as though the President is politicizing this and bla bla bla.

    However, the fools who don't believe the science are only part of the problem. The fools who acknowledge the science but (a) don't care or (b) are too bought to care are just as much of a problem, if not more so. And they, unlike the flat-out deniers, are a broad, bipartisan caucus.

  •  If this diary is important enough to put on the (0+ / 0-)

    front page today, why wasn't it important enough to do so when it was written on Thursday?

    We must, indeed, all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately. B. Franklin

    by Observerinvancouver on Sat Aug 24, 2013 at 08:21:03 PM PDT

  •  I don't for a minute think that they're serious... (2+ / 0-)
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    ...about climate change. If they're asking departments to report on resources devoted to climate change, I think it will be used to show that the tyrannical Obama is forcing these agencies to waste money on phony climate change, blah, blah, blah.

    Besides, if the GOP really is trying to get serious about climate change, Rush Limbaugh will NOT be pleased.

  •  GOP gets serious about climate change? (2+ / 0-)
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    One city might freeze over

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013

    by annieli on Sat Aug 24, 2013 at 08:34:53 PM PDT

  •  I'm not sure what they're up to, but since (1+ / 0-)
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    they're usually up to no good, I'm not expecting anything good to come out of this.

  •  GOP never will change, this is a Witch Hunt. (4+ / 0-)
    •  This is not going to be pretty. (2+ / 0-)
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      I vote that they will be looking for cuts too.

      Or, that Obama's administration is not spending enough time on global warming.   Because the GOP has been claiming all along it's been a problem, long before Al Gore ever spoke about it.    

      I'd mark the 2nd guess as snark but I can never underestimate the lying chutzpah of Republicans.    

  •  Defund Every Agency... (2+ / 0-)
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    Really?  You have to ask what they are planning?  My great powers of conjecture are that they are planning on defunding all of the Depts they have invited and just want to make sure that they have every little penny drained from each agency...they certainly wouldn't want to miss anything!

  •  I just read the 9 questions. Seemed like the (4+ / 0-)
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    sensible thing to do.
    Not one inquires about the facts of global warming the agencies have arrived at. It all has to do with what they are doing; costs; regulations; etc.

    Betchu REALLY wanna vote, now.

    by franklyn on Sat Aug 24, 2013 at 08:48:44 PM PDT

    •  I read them too. This is about targetting... (2+ / 0-)
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      "wasteful" spending, since climate change is a "myth" after all.

      Given the timing, after these hearings they are going to dump what they find out about into the continuing resolution to fund the government. If not the first 60 day one, then the next. They'll insist that in addition to the sequester cuts that budgets for these specific identified programs need to be cut as well.

      Given that the questions are all financial rather than scientific in nature, each agency will have to produce a financial officer rather the a scientific expert to talk about the specifics of the programs that they identified in their written testimony. But, the GOP will not ask them about any of that, but instead they will pull out their scientific "experts" and run all over them for show. If any agency gets wise and sends a scientific expert to refute them instead, they'll try to make them look like they don't know what's going on in their own agency.

      Make no mistake, this is an ambush with the intention of obstructing the President's Climate Action Plan. If it wasn't, they would have asked questions about the science, because a responsible committee that actually gave a crap would want clarification on just how bad the latest the predictions are as well as the actions that each agency plans to take. That part seems to be missing, and they are cynically hoping that the general public doesn't notice so that they can get the political benefit of appearing to care about global climate change while obstructing any action on it.

  •  What are they up to? (5+ / 0-)

    This might be part of the plan

    The Senate's most prominent climate change skeptic, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), called in to Mike Huckabee's radio show on Monday to discuss conspiracy theories on global warming and the Obama administration's plans to deal with it.

    In the segment, both Inhofe and Huckabee accuse the Obama administration and Organizing for Action -- the nonprofit created out of the Obama campaign to stump for the president's agenda -- of violating federal law in their push to combat climate change. Inhofe has called for an investigation into whether the administration is coordinating with OFA on political activities in violation of the Hatch Act. He claims that because the Environmental Protection Agency is working on climate rules and OFA is working to promote climate action, there must be some manner of illegal interaction.

    “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

    by Catte Nappe on Sat Aug 24, 2013 at 08:52:52 PM PDT

  •  Neglected last time I saw this to say (1+ / 0-)
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    Great Image.

    Ad-Men from the 1960's would have given up their eye-teeth for such a concise, yet complete visual.

    Today's wouldn't give up their cocaine if you threatened to cut their mother's heads off and showed them their mother and the machete..

    Progress. Koch style..

    "Drug test" Wall Street. I want to Analise all their urine.. With a Billy-Club based in a penthouse on Park Avenue.

    Is that too wrong? Kos? This week. With the "New Rules?"

    I don't need banning, just send me an e-mail and I'll stop.

    ..spewing truthful nonsense and wishing I had some Mescaline and speed and the occasional Rainbow Nebutol and enough money and a target audience and a ready and willing reader-base to just go fucking Gonzo. You got it all. I'll just ride the horse I came in on.

    I'm with the More, but Better is the key. Ya know?

    Can't watch Obama's speeches any longer. He has either been co-opted of was a Manchurian Candidate all along. Weak tea. Or transparent huckster.

    I'm a bad Democrat or not?

    Break out the ban-hammer. I probably could have spent the time better jailed again and meeting and interacting imprisoned with "folks" in meat-space..?

    I hate it when the man uses "folks" in his speeches, fingernails on the chalkboard hate.

    Firmly in "Sux" in the current Rox/Sux fiasco.

    NAFTA on steroids. That must be a good idea. We have a "Democrat" in the White House."

    Jesus Wept.

    Whose Streets? Our Streets? Whose Country? Our Country!

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Sat Aug 24, 2013 at 09:16:52 PM PDT

  •  Hey thier base believes Obama was responsible (2+ / 0-)
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    for the mishandling of  Katrina relief and recovery. SO what can one say to someone so determined to see the world the way they want it to be?

    Fear is the Mind Killer...

    by boophus on Sat Aug 24, 2013 at 09:52:35 PM PDT

  •  Showboating (2+ / 0-)
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    My guess is this is intended to be showboating for the Republicans, asking questions and then rolling their eyes at the answers.

    What we need are people who go right to the basic science. This should be tree rings and ice cores, and basic lessons in carbon dating. There should be no doubt expressed. It should be the facts as they are known.

    And then they should show a picture of the giant pool at the North Pole and tell them, "Santa had to move to a safer location."

  •  They think opp to CC is good politics so doubt (4+ / 0-)
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    their agenda is anything other than grandstanding.  More likely they will use it as a platform to say Obama is overreaching.  Ohh Noez! Obama is using the executive branch to try to do something on Climate.  This is just the evidence we need to justify impeaching him, b/c obviously doing something about climate change represents high crimes and misdemeanors against the American people.

    The only thing we have to fear is fear itself - FDR. Obama Nation. -6.13 -6.15

    by ecostar on Sat Aug 24, 2013 at 11:41:58 PM PDT

  •  Excuse me if I don't take this at face value (1+ / 0-)
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    I'd be happy to be proven a misguided skeptic, but something tells me the agenda is not merely saving the planet.

  •  Hmmm. That's not what I would have expected (0+ / 0-)

    So 45 percent have never made statements indicating that they don't believe in global warming?

    And that "have made statements indicating" is damned weak statement. Politicians say a lot of things for a lot of reasons.

    We'll have to see what happens.

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Sun Aug 25, 2013 at 03:05:28 AM PDT

  •  Looking for things to defund? (3+ / 0-)
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    That would be my first thought -- find out all the ways in which the executive agencies are doing stuff about the librul myth of climate change, and then prohibit them from doing it, slice those lines out of all the budgets, refuse to confirm nominees, and rally the troops with yet another "defund the wasteful stupid stuff the Kenyan mooslim is doing with your money." In other words, intimidate the executive branch to get them to back off any attempt to prevent or mitigate climate change -- and especially any attempt to regulate or impair fossil fuel profit-making.

  •  How is this difficult? (3+ / 0-)

    They're going to use it as a platform to say the Obama administration is wasting money on the discredited theory of climate change.

    Each agency will bring in intelligent, well informed experts to explain their very sensible policies, studies and preparation for the very clear dangers (and in some cases opportunities) that climate change presents. They will make dense, comprehensive presentations that will give a realistic picture of what's happening and their agency's response.

    When you listen to them you'll learn that gov't can work, is working and that we should admire their dedication. And when you see the GOP response you'll admire it even more.

    Because the GOP response will be filled with spin, ignorance (mendacious and generic), aggression and knownothingness. They will abuse these people, they will try to make political points and they will do their best to discredit what they are trying to do.

    It is in our interest to make sure the GOP fails. I hope people are preparing for this. I hope no one is actually clueless about what's coming next. The GOP is not serious about climate change. They are serious about appealing to their base and to the corporate funders.

  •  Look to the name. (0+ / 0-)

    The above diary includes the information that the hearing will be called "The Obama Administration's Climate Change Policies and Activities."  That is an obvious giveaway that they hate the whole idea of that fairy tale "Climate Change" and intend to do nothing about it but fight those fools trying to fight climate change.  (1)  It refers to "The Obama Administration's" policies.  That's like referring to the Great Satan's policies.  (2)  It refers to "Activities."  The Obama administration is evil and it's practicing "Activities."  Everyone knows "Activities" are bad.

    Why, why, why would anyone think even for a second that this is remotely indicative of the Republicans being anything other than what they are?

  •  This sounds like a great opportunity (0+ / 0-)

    Even if their objective is to defund everything the administration is working on related to climate change, the size of this hearing, the number of agencies involved, should get the attention of the press; thus giving the press an opportunity to throw up some fancy graphics and 3D infotainment that one hopes will get more people to focus on the seriousness of the problem.

    This is an opportunity; and every environmental organization in the country should grasp it.  If they could all get together, pool their resources, and put up an ad campaign at the same time that the hearings and press coverage are occurring, then that would obviously help reinforce the message.

    And I do hope our Democratic legislators will be prepared.  This is an opportunity for them as well.

    Thanks for the diary!

    Love one another

    by davehouck on Sun Aug 25, 2013 at 07:38:20 AM PDT

  •   Claims of "time, money, and resources" wasted? (0+ / 0-)

    The program of "nine questions about how each agency devotes its time, money, and resources to climate-change policies" suggests another RepTealian witchhunt based on claims about Lib'ral "lies" and "waste".  

    What suggest that it won't be about highly-partisan politics as usual?  What do RighTeas do other than play politics with every issue they can twist, lie and distort to their evil benefit?  

  •  Kudos to the LCV for calling out Rep. Coffman (0+ / 0-)

    This is copied right from Colorado CD-5 Rep. Mike Coffman's website.

    Climate Change    

    There is no question that climate change is real and has existed since the beginning of time, and will always be a factor that can negatively impact our environment.

    The role that carbon emissions, from human activity, have on climate change is still a subject of debate.
    No doubt, there will always be those with extreme views about climate change. They do not care if their radical environmental solutions punish working middle class families. For families, who are already struggling under a weak economy, policies that do not allow for a balanced approach will only lead to job losses and higher energy costs.  

    Thanks to The League of Conservation Voters television ad campaign criticizing Representative Mike Coffman’s anti-science voting record and for denying the proven science of climate change.

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