State panel to Congress: Oppose Obama's climate plan

A House committee in the Kansas state legislature began to consider a resolution on Thursday that would urge Congress to oppose President Obama’s climate action plan.

The state’s House Energy and Environment Committee did not take any action on the resolution after hearing nearly two hours of testimony on it, according to the Associated Press.

According to the report, the two-page resolution says Obama’s climate change goals are based on false assumptions about the effects of human activity and carbon dioxide on the earth.

Obama unveiled his agenda to tackle climate change last year. The plan includes a rule the Environmental Protection Agency published last month, which imposes limits on coal-fired power plants’ carbon emissions. 

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The rule requires new coal-fired power plants to install carbon capture systems to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 

The chairman of the Kansas legislative panel, Republican state Rep. Dennis Hedke, argues climate change was not man-made. In a slideshow, he pointed to graphs that show the earth has endured periods of warming and cooling for 10,000 years. 

"That's real data," he said, according to the AP. 

Obama’s goal to limit carbon emissions, Hedke added, would not be effective in preventing further damage to the environment. 

Another Kansas Republican, Sen. Forrest Knox, said “alarmists” stir the climate change debate. 

"The only thing you know for sure about the weather in Kansas, as you all know, is it's going to change," Knox said. "That's all we really know about climate, too."

Republicans in Congress have largely opposed Obama’s climate plan, calling it the war on coal. Some members, such as Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), have called climate change a “hoax.”

-Laura Barron-Lopez contributed.