Schumer: Dems will try to defund Trump panel reassessing climate change

Schumer: Dems will try to defund Trump panel reassessing climate change
© Greg Nash

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerDemocrats' do-or-die moment Biden touts 'progress' during 'candid' meetings on .5T plan Progressives push for fossil subsidy repeal in spending bill MORE (D-N.Y.) said on Tuesday that if the Trump administration moves forward with a panel reportedly intended to counter scientific consensus on climate change, Democrats will try to defund the group. 

"I'm announcing that if the Trump administration moves forward with this fake climate panel, we'll be introducing legislation to defund it. … It is long past time for President TrumpDonald TrumpTexas announces election audit in four counties after Trump demand Schumer sets Monday showdown on debt ceiling-government funding bill Pennsylvania AG sues to block GOP subpoenas in election probe MORE and Republican leaders to admit that climate change is real, that human activity contributes to it and Congress must take action," Schumer said from the Senate floor. 

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The Washington Post reported over the weekend that the Trump administration is planning to create an ad hoc group of federal scientists to reassess and counter the government's conclusions on climate change.

The initiative, which would be lead by the National Security Council, would feature scientists who challenge the seriousness of climate change and the degree to which humans are the cause, three administration officials told the Post.

Democrats have blistered GOP senators and the Trump administration over climate change in recent weeks, and Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHouse passes standalone bill to provide B for Israel's Iron Dome Pelosi vows to avert government shutdown McConnell calls Trump a 'fading brand' in Woodward-Costa book MORE (R-Ky.) is pledging to give the progressive "Green New Deal" a vote in the Senate as Republicans hunt for 2020 election fodder. 

Schumer on Tuesday said that climate change is an "existential threat" and accused Republicans and the president of "ostrich-like" behavior. 

"This may be the most conspicuous symptom of the disease of climate denialism that has infected the Republican Party and the hard right. This is beyond willful ignorance. This is intentional deliberate sowing of disinformation about climate change policy by our own government," Schumer said.