Waxman Seeks Climate Hearing in Wake of Typhoon

House Energy and Commerce ranking member Henry Waxman, D-Calif., wants Republicans to hold a hearing on climate change following the typhoon that struck the Philippines days ago.
National Journal
Alex Brown
Nov. 12, 2013, 11:09 a.m.

Days after a de­struct­ive typhoon killed thou­sands in the Phil­ip­pines, House En­ergy and Com­merce Com­mit­tee rank­ing mem­ber Henry Wax­man, D-Cal­if., is call­ing on con­gres­sion­al Re­pub­lic­ans to hold a hear­ing on cli­mate change.

Wax­man and En­ergy and Power Sub­com­mit­tee rank­ing mem­ber Bobby Rush, D-Ill., penned an open let­ter Tues­day to their Re­pub­lic­an coun­ter­parts. From the let­ter:

Over the last sev­er­al weeks, the world’s lead­ing sci­entif­ic or­gan­iz­a­tions have re­leased a stream of re­ports about the dangers of cli­mate change…. And on Novem­ber 8, 2013, nature may have sent the strongest warn­ing of all. A massive typhoon struck the Phil­ip­pines…. Yet this Com­mit­tee is ig­nor­ing these risks. We are pro­ceed­ing in a sci­entif­ic va­cu­um.

The pair went on, cri­ti­ciz­ing an up­com­ing hear­ing on plans to lim­it the En­vir­on­ment­al Pro­tec­tion Agency’s abil­ity to reg­u­late coal-plant emis­sions. “Rather than hold­ing hear­ings on pro­pos­als to block ac­tion on cli­mate change, we ask you to hold a hear­ing with the world’s lead­ing ex­perts on the re­la­tion­ship between ex­treme storms like Typhoon Haiy­an and cli­mate change,” they wrote.