House Democrats have made climate change one of their principal focuses since taking control of the lower chamber in November, but three party lawmakers failed to show for a hearing on the topic at a House Natural Resources Committee subpanel Tuesday, leading to its adjournment only minutes after it began, The Hill reports.
Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, argued the topics did not fall under the panel's scope before requesting a roll call vote. Republicans prevailed, 4-2.
Oversight and Investigations subcommittee Chairman TJ Cox, D-Calif., later criticized the GOP members for refusing to listen to witnesses on climate denial.
The hearing, titled The Denial Playbook – How Industries Manipulate Science and Policy from Climate Change to Public Health – was to speak to the "tactics used by various industries to mislead the public about health and environmental risks and explain how to recognize the signs of a denialist misinformation campaign in any field."
Gohmert in an opening statement said the topic falls outside of the jurisdiction of the committee.
"When it comes to matters of climate change, the House rules explicitly references several topics — topics include such as conservation of energy resources, almost anything that has to do with renewable energy, energy policy, environmental research, scientific research, the National Science Foundation, and even the National Weather Service," he said.
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