News from Safe Climate Caucus: In defense of Climate Change Research

May 21, 2015
Press Release
Members of the House Safe Climate Caucus took to the floor on Wednesday to defend climate change research programs and offer amendments to H.R. 1806, America COMPETES Act Reauthorization. 
Congresswoman Katherine Clark (MA-5) advocated for geosciences and climate change research funding on behalf of some Bentley University students. "Climate change is real. Human activity contributes to it. And it is bad for the bottom line. It is irresponsible for us to cut funding for research that helps us understand what's happening and how to address it." 
Congressman Ted Lieu (CA- 33) also spoke in defense of climate change research during the general debate: “"Our sea levels have risen by over 6.7 inches in the last century, and they've accelerated in the last decade.  And rising sea level affects not just democratic districts, it also affects republican districts… And more extreme weather events, more weather uncertainty affects...all of America…I ask the American public to trust former Reagan Secretary of State George Schultz, trust President Bush, trust our United States Military who is saying climate change is a problem."  
Congressman Alan Lowenthal (CA-47), chair of the Safe Climate Caucus, defended the scientific method and offered an amendment to the text of H.R. 1806 to strike language that targeted climate change research in the Department of Energy.  “A basic tenet of science is that you have to reproduce scientific results.  You don’t run an experiment once and go to the world and say “it’s true”, “we’ve figured it out!”. No, science requires separate and independently verified results in order to draw conclusions. But now Congress to trying to legislate changes to the scientific method, and I think that is a shame.”   The amendment was rejected 236 noes to 187 aye votes. 
Congressman Don Beyer (VA-8) offered an amendment with Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) that would preserve language that includes “reductions of greenhouse gas emissions” as a goal of the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy  (ARPA-E).  Rep. Beyer said, “We must look to develop alternative energy sources that will reduce manmade emissions.  ARPA-E is a unique agency that can help us with this mission.” The amendment was rejected 232 noes to 190 aye votes.