Committee Leaders Promise Continued Oversight of Administration’s Climate Agenda

May 6, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-KY), and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Tim Murphy (R-PA) today issued the following response to the administration’s release of the latest climate assessment report:

“This lengthy report is short on details about the policy responses that the president and his advisors are seeking to unilaterally impose on the American people. These are the same details that this committee has been seeking for months, and that the administration is keeping from the public in an attempt to continue advancing an agenda against affordable and reliable energy. EPA Administrator McCarthy testified that it is 'unlikely' that any of EPA’s rules will have a meaningful impact on the global climate. But we do know that it is likely that these rules will have a significant impact on jobs, the economy, and energy reliability. Moreover, the Obama administration and its federal agencies are already spending billions of dollars annually on global warming activities, and it is still largely unclear what these programs have accomplished and how they will change the weather.

“This committee will remain vigilant in its oversight of the president's climate agenda, to help the public understand the effects of these actions and their benefits to the climate. This is the same agenda that was rejected by the Democratic Senate in the 111th Congress and is being pared back in Europe and other regions as the consequences on consumers and competiveness are starting to be realized.”

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