Republicans put forth an amendment late Friday night that would remove American funding for a prominent intergovernmental body tasked with exploring the effects of climate change.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) drew a firestorm of criticism in 2009 when a hacker revealed a series of emails among some of the organization’s scientists that suggested they had suppressed dissenting work and excluded it from a 2002 panel report.
"They have been in the headlines for their activities in regards to how they are tinkering with the data they want to put out," said Rep Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.)., who introduced the amendment. Luetkemeyer also called the agency "nefarious."
But ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) argued that global warming is a major threat and that the U.S. must continue its patronage of the organization’s efforts.
“Its like burying our heads in the sand," said Waxman of the Luetkemeyer’s amendment.
The IPCC receives about $12.5 million per year from the government. The Republican's proposal would entirely defund it.
Following debate on defunding the IPCC the House proceeded to consider a series of amendments in which Republicans attempted to roll back the regulatory scope and power of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).