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Mar 15, 2011

The Cock Crows Thrice

Crowing rooster

Great story from Politico this morning about the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which is expected to vote along party lines this afternoon to strip the EPA of authority to regulate greenhouse gases. Before the final vote, Democrats on the committee were able to force three votes on scientific reality:

1. That Congress accepts the EPA's judgment that "warming of the climate system is unequivocal." Not to today's GOP! Motion is defeated, 20 Democratic "ayes" to 31 Republican "nays."

2. That Congress accepts that "the scientific evidence is compelling" that greenhouse gases "are the root cause of recently observed climate change." No way! say 30 Republicans to 20 Democratic assenters.

3. That Congress accepts the EPA's finding that public health is threatened by climate change. Nyet! GOP 31, Dems 20.

The bill will go to the full House soon, and a companion measure is moving in the Senate.

Update: This afternoon the committe agreed by voice vote that there is “scientific concern over warming of the climate system.” Said ranking minority member Henry Waxman (D-Calif.): "Better lame than nothing."

 --Paul Rauber

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