US House bans spending on climate change

The US Department of Energy would be banned from spending money on climate change research and prevention under a rule change passed by lawmakers in the House of Representatives. It […]

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By Vicky Ellis

The US Department of Energy would be banned from spending money on climate change research and prevention under a rule change passed by lawmakers in the House of Representatives.

It came in an amendment to the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act 2015, which was passed a week ago (10 July) and sets out how US Treasury money can be spent.

Republican Representative David McKinley said on the House floor: “Spending precious resources to pursue a dubious climate change agenda compromises our clean-energy research and America’s infrastructure,” reported the WV Gazette.

The 531st and last section of the Act states: “None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to design, implement, administer, or carry out the United States Global Climate Research Program National Climate Assessment, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report, the United Nation’s Agenda 21 sustainable development plan,” and a number of other similar orders.

However one US media report suggests the Act is unlikely to be passed by the Democrat-led Senate, a second set of lawmakers who will now vote on it.