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If GOP Takes Senate, Climate Change Deniers Will Control Key Committees

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If GOP Takes Senate, Climate Change Deniers Will Control Key Committees

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by Lee Fang, Republic Report.

It wasn’t long ago that coal executives were openly discussing their dream of Republicans seizing the White House and making Oklahoma senator Jim Inhofe — who believes climate change is a “hoax” concocted by greedy scientists — the head of the EPA.

Now, they have a second chance. As dark money groups and SuperPACs backed by millions of dollars from the fossil fuel industry are propelling Republicans to a Senate majority, climate science-denying politicians are likely to seize control of key committee chairmanships, a coup for companies seeking to pollute the atmosphere with impunity. What’s more, Inhofe is slated to become chair of the Environment and Public Works Committee, with oversight of the EPA.

Republic Report took a look at how the U.S. Senate would likely change under GOP control:

Environment and Public Works Committee: Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) is in line to take control of the EPQ chairmanship, which would give him authority over the EPA. Inhofe, who has compared climate change activists to Nazis, has already signaled that he will go after regulators on a raft of issues concerning greenhouse gases, from methane leaks to the new rules over coal-fire power plants.

– Subcommittee on Science and Space: As current ranking member of this subcommittee, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has a good shot at becoming the chairman. This vital subcommittee oversees the National Science Foundation, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and issues relating to federally funded scientific research. Cruz is a proud denier of climate change science. When he ran for office in 2012, Cruz told reporters in Texas that global warming ceased in 1997. Earlier this year, in an interview with CNN, Cruz again questioned the science, claiming the “data are not supporting what the advocates are arguing.”

Homeland Security and Governmental Reform Committee: Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), in line to take control of the Homeland Security Committee, would likely use his perch to continue to harass scientists. The committee is the Senate’s chief investigative and oversight body. Johnson has already distinguished himself with outbursts against Dr. James Hansen, using a hearing earlier this year as an opportunity to tell the award-winning NASA scientist that climate “science is far from settled.” Johnson, who claims that “sunspot activity” is responsible for any changes in climate, has also railed against groups pushing for reform, accusing one of “environmental jihad.”

Budget Committee: Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) has brushed aside the threat of climate change, calling the debate over the issue a “waste of money.” As the next possible chair of the Budget Committee, Enzi may have a chance to rewrite the budget and reduce funding for agencies attempting to regulate carbon pollution.  There has been talk about Republicans shutting the government down in a bid to defund the EPA over its climate change rules. Enzi has already criticized the EPA’s coal regulations, and could move such a strategy forward.

Should Republicans take a majority of seats in the U.S. Senate, the caucus would be led by Senators Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and John Cornyn (R-TX), two men who have refused to answer fairly simple questions about the threat of manmade climate change.

Moreover, the Senate Republicans have indicated that they will not only block the few and fairly weak proposals to deal with climate change, but are just as interested in using their power to intimidate environmental non-profits. Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) has recently published reports listing the American Lung Association and the National Wildlife Foundation as part of a nefarious environmental cabal. Though the Vitter reports fail to show any wrongdoing by the non-profits, he has already sent investigative letters to some groups.

This article originally appeared on Republic Report.

Photo: Gage Skidmore via Flickr

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  1. S1AMER October 27, 2014

    Inhofe once said that the oceans most definitely NOT rise, ’cause God promised Noah that he’d never do another flood (as in the song: “God gave Noah the rainbow sign/No more water, the fire next time”).

    I’m not joking. He actually said this. Inhofe is a biblical literalist.

    1. highpckts October 28, 2014

      Oh God save us from these idiots!!

      1. jointerjohn October 28, 2014

        I share your prayer but I think we would end up saying, “God why didn’t you save us from these idiots?”
        And God would say, “Whattya mean? I gave each of you a vote and there are far more of you than there are of them!

        1. joe schmo October 29, 2014

          Only because you are blatantly flooding this country with ignorants and illiterates. How would they know? It’s all a plan…… Deceitful cheaters that’s what your side is.

          1. jointerjohn October 30, 2014

            The flooding of the country with ignorants and illiterates was over a hundred years ago. Keep up with the times will you.

          2. joe schmo October 30, 2014

            Well, if my calculations are right, American students are lowest on the totem pool with regards to reading, 3rd or 4th to lowest in Math and Average in Science. Many don’t even know who our current President or Vice President are. They know nothing of American History or the Constitution thanks to that good old liberal secular crap. Not to mention all the Hispanic speaking people who refuse to learn the language. Not a good thing in a country that speaks English and our students have to be held back because of the language barrier among other things = illiterates & ignorants.

            What better way to get the vote and keep the masses dumb.

          3. jointerjohn October 31, 2014

            Better go check the literacy rates, reading and math scores in those red states and counties, you will find the picture is pretty poor even where there are no liberals.

          4. joe schmo November 1, 2014

            Hmmmm…why don’t you check on states like CaliMexico….Fresno, Chula Vista (Right next to the Mexican border), Anaheim (LA is a sanctuary city don’t ya know), Stockton, and number one is…..drum roll please….Bakersfield. Most illiterates reside in my home state. Thankfully I did not attend primary and secondary schools in California. However, some of their colleges are excellent….if you can afford them:)
            Look it up before you lash out at me.

            I think the schools are poorest when they are run by Liberals because then the unions and that communist style administration is in full force. In my opinion we need to add some good ole conservatism to the mix. Right now those secular humanistic institutions are wayyyyy too bias.

  2. Eddie Ingram October 28, 2014

    Despite their proven folly, fortune-tellers like Al Gore continue conjuring up illusions of man-made global warming: http://bit.ly/1qcbGcV

    1. Bill Thompson October 28, 2014

      404 how convenient.

    2. jointerjohn October 28, 2014

      Proven folly? More than 90% of the scientific community say no. You see, finding one or two people who agree with your preferred opinion does not constitute proof.

    3. howa4x October 28, 2014

      Hope you don’t live on the coast

      1. joe schmo October 30, 2014

        Cyclic I’m sure….

        I do live on the Coast….. Seems we haven’t fallen off the continent yet which was a prediction floating around for many years…..LOL


        Monckton – “In the 11,400 years since the end of the last Ice Age,sea level has risen at an average of 4 feet/century, though it is now rising much more slowly because very nearly all of the land-based ice that is at low enough latitudes and altitudes to melt has long since gone.”

        The Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets
        have more than enough ice to cause a jump in sea level rates. The question is how quickly that ice might melt. We can look at the last interglacial, the Eemian for insight, because Earth’s land, plants, ice and circulation were similar to today.

        At the height of the last interglacial(about 115,000 -130,000 years ago), global temperatures were 1-2 degrees C warmer than now, resulting in less global ice than today at
        its peak because of different Earth orbital cycles. Sea level rises at times during this period exceeded 36mm per year (Blanchon 2009 ) . Kopp 2009 estimate that global sea levels rose 6 to 9 meters higher than now, and the authors commented:

        “The results from the LIG (Last Interglacial) suggest that, given a sufficient forcing, the present ice sheets
        could sustain a rate of GSL (global sea level) rise of about 56–92 cm (5.6-9.2 mm per year) per century for several centuries, with these rates potentially spiking to higher values for shorter periods.”

        When will you wake up!

        1. howa4x October 30, 2014

          Well I’m so happy to know that you are smarter than 99% of all the climate scientists in the world. wow I’m surprised you are not more famous .
          I love that lets compare now to what happened 133,000 year ago. So lets compare it. So how many people do you think actually lived over 100 thousand years ago? Maybe less than 100,000 world wide, right?
          So now we have over 6 billion people, something we’ve never had before so all your caparisons are now faulty. Now we all need energy and a lot of us need cars China is putting 1 new coal plant on line every week and India had quadrupled it’s reliance on coal, and we are still using it. None if this happened 100,000 years ago. So all that carbon in the upper atmosphere acts like a blanket trapping all these gases and it is accelerating the Ice melt. I would like you to show me 1 glacier that is growing, anywhere in the world. they are not they are receding and you can point to all the bogus websites but you can’t alter that fact. Notice I used to word fact. So the earth is heating and it is not from cycles.
          So we have a choice for the future. We can rely on last centuries means of energy or we can use our technology to invent new ways to capture and use energy. It is interesting that most all the new jobs in the energy field is in the installation of solar panels, and wind turbines. It only accounts now for 2% of the energy but it is growing. This will mean more jobs, and a brand new economy. We can start on that future only if we stop clinging to myths about the past. forget who said climate change is happening, get by that and use your intellect. You are not stupid so use your brain.

          1. joe schmo November 1, 2014

            Seriously, you sound ridiculous. The American environment was much more polluted during the Industrial Age. You do know about that don’t you? A time in history where American ingenuity began to spur forward. Not like today where we keep selling ourselves out to the overseas crowd. The pollution in the past was far far worse. The only difference between then and now is the fact that we have more PEOPLE. Maybe we need to address that issue?

            Really, you want to go there regarding the ice pack…. Here ya go:

            To put it another way, an area the size of Alaska, America’s biggest state, was open water two years ago, but is again now covered by ice.

            Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2738653/Stunning-satellite-images-summer-ice-cap-thicker-covers-1-7million-square-kilometres-MORE-2-years-ago-despite-Al-Gore-s-prediction-ICE-FREE-now.html#ixzz3HsTRL2gZ

            Also, I can remember a time as a child when we used to go to LA. My eyes would burn and I would get the worst headache from all the air pollution. No more. Since the gas along with the air has been cleaned up, this is so much less likely to happen. You see pollution can be reversed.

            Never said I was against solar. Wind turbines I have a problem with because I feel they are environmentally polluting. It will take both fuel and natural energy to keep us going for a while. So better get used to it.



          2. howa4x November 2, 2014

            True the industrial age polluted every state they were in and environmental regulation made them clean it up. this is the same regulations that the republicans would repeal making our air and water dirtier. They have run on this platform or gutting the EPA. The UN today just released their climate study and found that we are at the most dangerous point in human history on climate change. You can deny that all you want to and you can watch as much FOX as you can stand but facts don’t lie. We will be experiencing food shortages, flooding famine, droughts, wild fires. So you will be able to tell your children and your grand children that you did everything in your power to stop the people who where trying to save the planet and you can apologize for the life that you left them

          3. Joan59 November 2, 2014

            You really think he cares about the people that will follow him?

          4. joe schmo November 2, 2014

            Do I really care if you do?

          5. Joan59 November 2, 2014

            Yes, I do care about the people that will follow you. Somebody has to do it.

          6. joe schmo November 2, 2014

            ….Are you nuts or what. I think ALL Americans from the 60’s on grew up with some kind of ‘clean up the environment’ in their schooling. Conservatives don’t want a dirty environment just as much as you don’t. What we object to is EXTREME measures. Oil pipeline and drilling are hurting the environment? No….how many decades has it been since we have had an oil spill. And gulf explosion incident was too suspicious to even be counted. I wouldn’t be surprised if Obama even had something to do with that one.

            The EPA has become overpowering. Just as you need environmental restrictions, we also need to maintain that those restrictions don’t get too out of hand. You are assuming.

            Since when do I care about the UN? They don’t own us. What are they? Our new Globalist leader. Since when do Americans have to own their souls to the UN…..As far as climate change… this comes article comes out of the UK.

            “To put it another way, an area the size of
            Alaska, America’s biggest state, was open water two years ago, but is
            again now covered by ice.”

            Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2738653/Stunning-satellite-images-summer-ice-cap-thicker-covers-1-7million-square-kilometres-MORE-2-years-ago-despite-Al-Gore-s-prediction-ICE-FREE-now.html#ixzz3HyPQmSHu

            If Russia and China are successful in bypassing the dollar, we WILL be experiencing food shortages and a much poorer society.

            Well, you can tell your grandchildren how your side escalated the debt to an astronomical amount, how they have to pay it back, and how you brought down the greatest country in the modern world.

          7. howa4x November 3, 2014

            The average conservative may want a clean environment but your politicians don’t 99% of all climate scientists are raising the alarm and the last American scientist Professor paid by the oil companies to deny last year revered himself and said the data is clear if we don’t do something radical the climate will change is horrific ways. We can’t just drill baby drill since we need to cut greenhouse gases.
            As for the deficit you republicans s are delusional, or maybe you are suffering form short term memory loss. the deficit that conservatives yelp about was created by the Bush presidency that fought 2 unfunded wars on a credit card, and added an unfunded senior drug program On top of the economy crashed on his watch. Currently if you actually read anything but right wing trash you will see the deficit has been cut in half.
            So we will see who has to apologize to the future

          8. joe schmo November 3, 2014

            How would you know Einstein. Have you literally talked to all of them.

            As usual I ask….prove it to me and again you will be void of facts/stats or, if you do it will certainly be bias in your own direction…..

    4. highpckts October 28, 2014

      Really?? Proven folly?? I pity you!!

    5. Sand_Cat October 29, 2014


    6. joe schmo October 29, 2014

      You know, you people really need to prove your point. I know, I know,…. it’s just your lazy mentality that won’t allow you to do so. It’s just the Liberal way.

      1. joe schmo October 30, 2014

        Sorry Ed, this was not meant for you. It was meant for John with the Joint….

    7. Joe T October 30, 2014

      yes HE DID

  3. howa4x October 28, 2014

    It is always easier to stand on the sidelines and make stuff up to curry favor with donors, or dullards who don’t understand physical science, but quite another to actually be responsible for policy decisions, and be held accountable. If the republicans win it will not be with a mandate but rather just a few percentage points In states they should have easily won. Now all eyes will be watching them, and they could just as easily be wiped out in 2016 if they over reach. They can deny climate change, and roll back EPA regulations, but they can’t wish it away. That is the problem. it is called reality

    1. jointerjohn October 28, 2014

      The republicans gaining a Senate majority this year would likely doom them in 2016. They are only good at griping from the sidelines and blaming others. Two years with no one to blame for their incompetence but a lame duck President with his hands tied by a republican House, Senate, and Supreme Court would leave them totally exposed. Add two more years of young voters turning eighteen and two more years of their ancient base assuming room temperature and 2016 becomes a nightmare for them.

      1. joe schmo October 29, 2014

        Yah, two years of having a safety net to defund us from this over zealous Emperor and to help stop him from inflicting further damage on this already burdened Country. If they cut out funding for his programs he will be forced to work with them now won’t he? For the first time ever. If he chooses to remain obstinate, it will be to his and our further demise.

        1. Joe T October 30, 2014


      2. Joe T October 30, 2014

        Harry Reid is this you posting again……quit stopping Bills from being voted on by both parties…….yes, your deleterious decision making for years has caused this CHAOS in Congress….it’s in the record of your stolidly and mendacity!

    2. joe schmo October 29, 2014

      Your reality not what is scientific…. Read my posts above….

    3. Joe T October 30, 2014

      Pursuant to ongoing historical and scientific research/records the Earth’s climate has/will change over and over again….Nature is in control and GOD (not Allah) is in control of Nature and Earth’s climate changes…..Farmer’s Almanac knows more than the Liberals do! Man lives 75 – 100 years old….Earth…let’s see…!000’s, millions of years old!

      1. joe schmo October 30, 2014

        To add to your post. The weather has cycled for decades. A drought in California is most often noted because it has occurred numerous times in the past. What we have in 2014 is not unlike what appeared in 1977. Only difference between then and now, California has many more residents. Specifically of the ILLEGAL persuasion.

      2. howa4x October 30, 2014

        It is not a question of liberal or conservative thinking, that just tries to simplify the issue. Ohhh he is wrong because he belongs to the liberal tribe and I’m right because I belong to the conservative one . The issue is science and not what some mythical god does. You act like Zeus is in control of lightning and thunder.
        So here are a few facts to think about as you are reading the bible. 99% of scientists think the earth is getting warmer and the other 1% is paid by the energy companies to dispute it. If fact the biggest denier was professor Miller who was paid to say it was a hoax. Last year he even said the science is so clear he can’t ignore it anymore.
        So let’s explore your theory that this is all cyclical and noting to worry about because God will take care of everything.
        Well when the last Ice age was upon us there were very few people on earth, maybe less than 100,000. Now we have over 6 billion people and a lot need energy. China is adding one new coal plant a week, and so is India. Don’t forget we have coal fired plants and so does Europe. That makes for a lot of carbon in the atmosphere. Carbon acts like a giant blanket and covers the earth, so radiant heat from the sun comes and but doesn’t get out. This is why we’ve had persistent droughts in the mid west and the ongoing one that is calif.. This is why its is snowing Atlanta, and why the south will get continually colder due a change in the jet stream due to melting of the polar cap. But this is science and it made be hard for you to understand it. Or understand why the storms on the coasts are move violent, and now we have hurricanes in Vermont, or why most tornados are now cat 5. I’m sure God could explain all this to you and when he/she or it does you can let me know.

  4. sickofcorporatocracy October 28, 2014

    Lockheed claims they are close to developing a fusion reactor that would be commercially available within 10 years. While there is skepticism about this claim, if they are correct, Republicans will be unable to stop clean, limitless energy and the end of fossil fuels. Private enterprise will trump the Republicans.

    1. joe schmo October 29, 2014

      Hmmmmm, this is good news, however; I am also hearing that ‘natural gas’ will be the new wave. Better prepare your self for shared opportunities….

  5. Sand_Cat October 29, 2014

    Don’t mean to be too cynical, but will it really make a difference? How much worse can US foot-dragging get?

    1. joe schmo October 29, 2014

      Foot-dragging….what foot dragging?…Hasn’t there been enough damage done by you paranoid greenies already……

      1. Sand_Cat October 30, 2014

        No, only by boneheaded deniers like you.

  6. joe schmo October 29, 2014

    Well, my paranoid friends… climate change has earned Al Gore millions on phony science.

    Here ya go and this is a new article:


    ….And what about all those solar flares. Wouldn’t have anything to do with the heat now would it? Hey, I’m all for protecting the planet, but…..

    “This latest sunspot is producing lots of flares — really, really, big
    ones — but hardly any coronal mass ejections. (Though it did produce
    one single CME before it rotated into our field of view.)

    “I can’t
    remember ever seeing a sunspot producing so many solar flares and so
    few CME’s,” said Michael Hesse, director of NASA Goddard’s Heliophysics
    Science Division, the team that stares at the sun 24 hours a day. “It
    wants to get rid of this energy, but we don’t understand why it does it
    through a flare and not a CME.”


    Stupid is as stupid does……

    1. Joe T October 30, 2014


    2. howa4x October 30, 2014

      Making the climate worse has earned the Koch bros 4 billion each in the last 4 years. why don’t you look at what Exxon or Peabody coal made. Making Gore into a boogey man is not helping your cause. You can deny climate change all you want but you deniers won’t stop it with posts or slogans because it is coming no matter what you say

      1. joe schmo October 30, 2014

        Seriously, I can do you one better. Did you know Steyer donated ALL that money to the Dems against the oil debacle because he himself was dealing with big oil under the table…..

        Yah, and California really fell off into the ocean like everyone predicted did it?

        *Newsflash….I’m hearing Natural Gas is the wave of the future. Sorry to inform you, oil and gas will not entirely go away until we have something SOLID to replace it with.

        ….and won’t you look like an idiot when it doesn’t?

  7. Joe T October 30, 2014

    February 17, 2008, reprint – Psychiatrist Confirms: Liberalism Is a Mental Disorder

    As a clinical and forensic psychiatrist, Lyle Rossiter has treated over 1,500 patients and examined over 2,700 civil and criminal cases. Turning his hand to political psychopathology, the author of The Liberal Mind: The Psychological Causes of Political Madness, has diagnosed an alarming percentage of the population as suffering from the grotesque form of mental derangement known by some as moonbattery

    The Liberal Mind is the first in-depth examination of the major political madness of our time: The radical left’s efforts to regulate the people from cradle to grave. To rescue us from our troubled lives, the liberal agenda recommends denial of personal responsibility, encourages self-pity and other-pity, fosters government dependency, promotes sexual indulgence, rationalizes violence, excuses financial obligation, justifies theft, ignores rudeness, prescribes complaining and blaming, denigrates marriage and the family, legalizes all abortion, defies religious and social tradition, declares inequality unjust, and rebels against the duties of citizenship. Through multiple entitlements to unearned goods, services and social status, the liberal politician promises to ensure everyone’s material welfare, provide for everyone’s healthcare, protect everyone’s self-esteem, correct everyone’s social and political disadvantage, educate every citizen, and eliminate all class distinctions. Radical liberalism thus assaults the foundations of civilized freedom. Given its irrational goals, coercive methods and historical failures, and given its perverse effects on character development, there can be no question of the radical agenda’s madness. Only an irrational agenda would advocate a systematic destruction of the foundations on which ordered liberty depends. Only an irrational man would want the state to run his life for him rather than create secure conditions in which he can run his own life. Only an irrational agenda would deliberately undermine the citizen’s growth to competence by having the state adopt him. Only irrational thinking would trade individual liberty for government coercion, sacrificing the pride of self-reliance for welfare dependency. Only a madman would look at a community of free people cooperating by choice and see a society of victims exploited by villains. [From The Liberal Mind; The Psychological Causes of Political Madness by Lyle H. Rossiter, Jr., MD]


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