Dems use typhoon to push climate change hearing

House Democrats on Wednesday seized on the devastating typhoon that hit the Philippines to call for a hearing on extreme storms and climate change.

Reps. Henry WaxmanHenry Arnold WaxmanLobbying groups received millions in PPP loans The Hill's Top Lobbyists 2019 Lawmakers come together to honor Cummings: 'One of the greats in our country's history' MORE (D-Calif.) and Bobby RushBobby Lee RushLawmakers of color urge Democratic leadership to protect underserved communities in coronavirus talks States scramble as low census response rates threaten political power Illinois lawmaker says Trump wants to instigate a race war MORE (D-Ill.) said Typhoon Haiyan shows the need for the House Energy and Commerce Committee to explore the link between the changing climate and natural disasters.

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"If a hurricane like Typhoon Haiyan had struck the United States, the damage would be incalculable, just as it apparently is in the Philippines," the two Democrats wrote in a letter to Rep. Fred UptonFrederick (Fred) Stephen UptonProgressives soaring after big primary night Michigan Rep. Fred Upton wins GOP primary The Hill's Coronavirus Report: GoDaddy CEO Aman Bhutani says DC policymakers need to do more to support ventures and 'solo-preneurs'; Federal unemployment benefits expire as coronavirus deal-making deadlocks MORE (R-Mich.), the panel's chairman, and Rep. Ed WhitfieldWayne (Ed) Edward WhitfieldBottom Line Why Republicans took aim at an ethics watchdog What Azerbaijan wants from Israel? MORE (R-Ky.).

On Thursday, the Energy and Commerce subcommittee will hold a hearing to review legislation from Whitfield aimed at blocking the Environmental Protection Agency's carbon emissions rules for new power plants.

Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinHillicon Valley: Facebook removes Trump post | TikTok gets competitor | Lawmakers raise grid safety concerns OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Court cancels shutdown of Dakota Access Pipeline | US could avoid 4.5M early deaths by fighting climate change, study finds | Officials warn of increasing cyber threats to critical infrastructure during pandemic Officials warn of increasing cyber threats to critical infrastructure during pandemic MORE (D-W.Va.), who introduced similar legislation in the Senate, will testify at the hearing along with the EPA's air and radiation regulator Janet McCabe.

Waxman and Rush said Republicans should abandon the efforts to stop Obama's climate change regulations and instead "hold a hearing with the world's leading experts on the relationship between extreme storms like Typhoon Haiyan and climate change."

The letter cited a leaked Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report that said sea level rises, coastal flooding, storm surges and more are a direct result of climate change.

"Yet this Committee is ignoring these risks," the letter said. "We are proceeding in a scientific vacuum. You have rejected our repeated requests for hearings that would inform the Committee about the dangers of climate change."

"Instead, you have scheduled a hearing on Thursday to consider legislation whose premise is that nothing needs to be done to address climate change," they wrote.