House Republicans Vote Down Amendment Stating Climate Change is Real

File this under the ever-blossoming "Republican denial of reality" category: 184-240 was the final vote tally, defeating an amendment to the Republican-sponsored bill (likely to pass) which would devastate environmental policy by denying the Environmental Protection Agency the authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. The amendment, sponsored by Democrat Henry Waxman stated:

“Congress accepts the scientific findings of the Environmental Protection Agency that climate changes is occurring, is caused largely by human activities, and poses significant risks for public health and welfare.”

 Waxman's failed amendment is one of many efforts by the Democrats to cast this anti-environment, anti-truth bill as exactly what it is: an outrageous, flat-out denial of scientific consensus and environmental reality. Other attempts include more humorous ones: 

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) offered a series of amendments to the House measure — which Inhofe is pushing in the Senate — to change the title of the bill to, among other options, the “Koch Brothers Appreciation Act,” the “Middle Eastern Economic Development and Assistance Act,” the “Head in the Sand Act” and the “Protecting Americans from Polar Bears Act.”
AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at April 7, 2011, 6:24am