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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 WaxmanDrug prices are declining amid inflation fears Give Republicans the climate credit they deserve The Hill's Top Lobbyists 2020 MORE (D-Calif.) and Bobby RushBobby Lee RushGranholm expresses openness to pipeline cyber standards after Colonial attack Feds eye more oversight of pipelines after Colonial attack Shining a light on COINTELPRO's dangerous legacy 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 UptonFauci: Emails highlight confusion about Trump administration's mixed messages early in pandemic Why Republican politicians are sticking with Trump Progressives nearly tank House Democrats' Capitol security bill 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 ManchinJoe ManchinThe Memo: The center strikes back Sunday shows - Voting rights, infrastructure in the spotlight Democratic clamor grows for select committee on Jan. 6 attack 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.