House Dems plan to bring back committee on climate change

House Dems plan to bring back committee on climate change
© Greg Nash

Democrats are reportedly planning to revive a House committee on climate change after winning back control of the House. 

The Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming was dissolved by Republicans in 2011 after the GOP took control, but House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiOvernight Health Care: Dem chair plans hearing on Medicare for all | Senate GOP talks drug prices with Trump health chief | PhRMA CEO hopeful Trump reverses course on controversial pricing proposal Centrist efforts to convince Trump to end shutdown falter On The Money: Shutdown Day 26 | Pelosi calls on Trump to delay State of the Union | Cites 'security concerns' | DHS chief says they can handle security | Waters lays out agenda | Senate rejects effort to block Trump on Russia sanctions MORE (D-Calif.) will ask Democrats to reconstitute it, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

The special committee, which was started by Pelosi, was not authorized to advance legislation, but the panel held hearings to address concerns about climate change, extreme weather events and global warming.

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The report comes weeks after the release of a United Nations climate change report predicting catastrophic consequences if the world doesn't cut emissions in an unprecedented way by 2030. President TrumpDonald John TrumpPentagon update to missile defense doctrine will explore space-base technologies, lasers to counter threats Giuliani: 'I never said there was no collusion' between the Trump campaign and Russia Former congressmen, RNC members appointed to Trump administration roles MORE originally said he would review the report, but appeared skeptical of its authors.

Earlier this week, Trump said that he has not seen the report, but disputed its findings anyway, repeating a past prediction that global warming will “change back.”

The Trump administration has faced significant criticism over its handling of climate issues, most notably the decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord.

Trump himself has acknowledged that human activity plays some role in global warming, but has also dismissed it as a “hoax” and said that the situation is not as dire as scientific consensus finds.

He has also moved to repeal a number of climate change policies, including the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, many of which were started under former President Obama.