Republicans Pick Climate Skeptic To Head US Congress Environment Subcommittee

  • Date: 17/01/14
  • Kate Sheppard, Huffington Post

House Republicans selected Rep. David Schweikert (R-Ariz.), who is on the record questioning whether humans are causing climate change, to head of the Science Committee’s environment subcommittee.

Schweikert will replace Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah), who moved to the House Appropriations Committee. He said he plans to use his new post to target the Obama administration’s regulatory agenda.

“Too often, this Administration has tried to bypass Congress and impose its will on the American people through regulatory fiat,” Schweikert said Thursday in a statement, The Hill reported. “We have a responsibility to provide a check-and-balance to ensure there is fairness and openness in the process and that taxpayers are not being subjected to onerous and unnecessarily burdensome rules and regulations.”

A main component of the Obama administration’s environmental work is new limits on power plants’ greenhouse gas pollution. Schweikert has argued that the idea of man-made global warming may be “folklore.”

“Understanding what part of climate change is part of a natural cycle and what part has human components is the first step,” he said as a candidate in 2008. “Our elected officials must be careful to react to facts and not folklore.”

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