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77 Percent Of Republicans At Climate Hearing Are Climate Change Deniers

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Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy will testify before the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology on Thursday on the proposed expansion of the EPA’s authority over carbon emissions.

Seventy-seven percent of the Republicans members on the committee are climate change deniers.

Committee Chairman Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, said they would question McCarthy's over the agency's "ever-expanding regulatory agenda.”

Smith and his GOP colleagues on the committee have received $3,418,079 in non-renewable energy contributions, ThinkProgress reported.

“The Science, Space, and Technology Committee has obtained a copy of a proposed rule to expand the EPA’s authority under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The draft rule redefines ‘waters of the United States’ under the CWA to include all natural and man-made tributary streams, lakes, ponds and wetlands that affect downstream navigable waters,” Smith said in a release. “The proposed rule is so broad that it effectively gives the EPA regulatory control over all man-made and natural bodies of water in the U.S., including those on private property.”

Smith wrote an editorial in May asserting that there is still uncertainly in the scientific community over climate change.

"There is a great amount of uncertainty associated with climate science," he wrote int he Washington Post. "These uncertainties undermine our ability to accurately determine how carbon dioxide has affected the climate in the past."

Commitee vice chairman Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., said in August that “global warming is a total fraud” employed by liberals to “create global government.”

“proponents of man-made global warming in Congress will use every opportunity they have to invite witnesses to testify before Congress who only share their point of view. We now have clear evidence of what we knew all along, that there are perhaps thousands of scientists who don’t share these views, and sadly have been the subject of concerted efforts to discourage and suppress their findings from publication.”

Committee member Rep. Randy Neugebauer, R-Texas, claimed “proponents of man-made global warming in Congress will use every opportunity they have to invite witnesses to testify before Congress who only share their point of view. We now have clear evidence of what we knew all along, that there are perhaps thousands of scientists who don’t share these views, and sadly have been the subject of concerted efforts to discourage and suppress their findings from publication.”

According to NASA, 97 percent of scientists agree "climate-warming trends over the past century are very likely due to human activities."

Sources: ThinkProgress, Dallas Morning News

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