Issa and House GOP gear up Climate Science takedown
When Darrell Issa released a partial target list in September
, the "Polarization of Science" (is that a pun? tone-deaf irony?) surrounding climate change was prominently featured. So as he continues revving up for his unprecedented volume of hearings, he's getting the stage set for an all-out war on the viability of addressing climate change.
It won't be ignored entirely though, as Darrell Issa will be putting the very notion of climate change on trial- and the gears have been in motion for a while. From well before the election, Issa and other House Republicans have been gearing up for wide ranging investigations
into everything from the BP oil spill to ARRA signage to the very existence of climate change driven by human activity.
As House Republicans compete to out-tea party each other, an increasingly horrifying range of possible targets have come up. Joe Barton wants to examine over-regulation of "hazardous air pollution from oil refineries, chemical factories, or mining operations as well as hospital incinerators that dispose of medical and infectious waste.
[He] also asks the EPA to re-visit regulations governing the use of leaded aviation fuels, or airborne mercury pollution."
In short, it's going to be a full frontal assault on basic science and the fundamental notion of protecting the environment on any level. They want to take the next two years to defeat climate science permanently. And Darrell Issa will be on the front line, investigating "Climategate" and any other abuses he can think up.