Science Committee Oversight Democrats Request Hearing on White House’s “Ignore” Science Memorandum


WASHINGTON, DC (Democratic Oversight Members PR) – Democratic Members of the Subcommittee on Oversight sent a letter last week to Oversight Chairman Ralph Abraham requesting that he hold a hearing on a White House memo that suggested ignoring climate science was one option the Trump Administration should consider.

“Ignoring science and pushing political agendas that may be welcomed by industry, but harmful to the health, safety and security of all Americans should never be acceptable to the Science Committee or its members regardless of their political party,” wrote Subcommittee on Oversight Ranking Member Don Beyer (D-VA) and Subcommittee Minority Members Jerry McNerney (D-CA) and Ed Perlmutter (D-CO). “Please help us hold these officials responsible to the public,” they wrote.

The suggestion to “ignore” science as one policy option regarding climate change was suggested in a memo prepared for senior White House and federal agency officials last fall by Michael Catanzaro, former Special Assistant to the President for Domestic Energy and Environmental Policy, according to a recent story in the Washington Post. Mr. Catanzaro, who joined the Trump Administration in 2017 from the CGCN Group, where he was a lobbyist for the oil and gas industry returned to CGCN in April 2018. However, the Members pointed out in the letter to Chairman Abraham, “the implications of his ‘ignore science’ memo still warrant a thorough review and appropriate oversight from the Science Committee – it speaks volumes as to how this Administration handles scientific evidence.”

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    Don’t worry, Mr T know’s within a minute whether he can deal with something or not. He can run the whole show off the cuff. He’s been preparing all his life for it, there’s no need for him to do any homework, or listen to any experts. He’s so prepared, he does not need to prepare. Amazing fellow.

  • Michael Halpern

    You know if you were talking about a different “Mr T” that might be somewhat believable, or at least funny in a “Chuck Norris” joke way…

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    If I had not heard those words spoken on the news last night by the man himself, I would not have made that quip. 🙂 It was handed to me on a platter.

  • Michael Halpern

    I know but the way you said it kinda makes me want to picture the Mr T that isn’t owned by Putin saying it…

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    Thanks, that was my intent. The comical side of the brotherhood of man in my view is a attitude, trait, and lifestyle chart comparing Donald Trump and Mr T. As a teenager on the East Coast in the 80’s I made the connection when watching “The A Team” and then Chan 11 WPIX news in NYT which always had extra Trump coverage above and beyond the 3 networks.

  • Michael Halpern

    Before my time, but as Trump was the ‘inspiration ‘ for Biff in BTTF, it doesn’t surprise me, speaking of which, If there’s a petition to drop him into a pile of manure when he leaves office I will sigh it.

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    Trump screws everyone who deals with him. By the time he’s done, half or more of his administration will turn on him once they no longer need him to advance their careers. Watching him throw tantrums and huff and puff after they “tell all” will be priceless. The Republican Party really needs to ask itself how it went form the Party of Eisenhower to the Party of Trump. If it can’t do that, it needs to ask itself how it went from the party of Regan/Bush I to the party of Trump.

  • Michael Halpern

    of course it is interesting watching GOP members resign so they can salvage a lower position because of him

  • Michael Halpern

    heck even Bush II to Trump, Bush II at least recognized minority months, and didn’t make a game out of natural disaster,

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    Bush II was a symptom in the new American disease of the family aristocracies, The Clintons, The Bushs, The Pauls, The Trumps, and the Kennedys. The lesson lost between Bush Sr and Bush Jr was power with restraint. You liberate Kuwait, but don’t march on Baghdad, you let the USSR fall gracefully and don’t rub it in their face, and when you can, massively disarm. The only good thing Jr did was help expand NATO to Russia’s border. That was a good move, and if here’s justice in history the Poles and the Balts got it when they were allowed to join NATO. Man, we’re really off topic. I better stop.

  • Jeff2Space

    “Yes the planet got destroyed. But for a beautiful moment in time we created a lot of value for shareholders.” – Cartoon in The New Yorker by Tom Toro

    http://tomtoro.com/cartoons/#jp-carousel-135

  • Steve Ksiazek

    No, expanding NATO to Russia’s border was NOT a good idea.

    And the Crimea crisis was caused in part by Obama and the EU trying to draw the corrupt state of Ukraine into their orbit. They didn’t account for the fact that Crimea was the location of a huge Russian naval base on the Black Sea. We would probably have the same reaction if we were suddenly kicked out of our largest naval base.

  • windbourne

    What I want to know, is why are the GOP so adamant about giving CHINA a free pass?
    Seriously.
    OCO3, combined with OCO2 and Japans’s 2 sats, will give hard numbers about what ALL NATIONS emit. Remember several years ago when it was found that China had been lying about their coal consumption and it went up 17%? That was because OCO2 had caught that their emissions was quite a bit higher than what they claimed from fossil fuel usage. Even then, it was still way too low.

    Still can not believe that O delayed it from going up. That idiot visited china to talk about climate change and then delayed OCO3, even though it costs next to NOTHING. He is as much to blame as Trump/Pence/GOP.

  • windbourne

    Actually, had W NOT expanded NATO to Russia borders, we might not have the issues with Russia that we currently have. Per the deal with Poppa Bush and Gorby, we absolutely were NOT supposed to go there. Instead, W broke all sorts of treaties.

    Look, I am not a fan of Russia/China. Russia’s invasion of Georgia and later of eastern Ukraine, was nothing less than astounding (Crimea was owned by Russia for centuries, so not as big of a deal).
    BUT, all of that can be traced to W, and then O.

  • windbourne

    O/EU DID cause the Crimea takeover (not really an invasion).
    As I said elsewhere, I have no real issue with Russia taking back Crimea. Up until recent times, it has belonged for centuries to Russia.

    BUT, it was W/GOP that lead to Georgia and Eastern Ukraine invasion. Out takeover of eastern Europe was the very promise that we would not. Putin tried to work with W on that by getting him to let all of eastern Europe, including Russia, in on the same terms. I think that under NATO political approach, we could have all gotten along. Sadly, W was only thinking short-term, and never strategically.

  • windbourne

    I am hoping that some of them will become part of a new 3rd party that is stirring. We need a centrists party so as to force GOP/Dems back to sanity.

  • Michael Halpern

    Politics and deplomacy sometimes means making slightly less favorable deals. Personally I would like to see copies of the oco3 sensor go up on Starlink sats

  • Michael Halpern

    W never thought long term

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    I think many of your points are correct, except for now Russia needs to be kept out of the West. So long as Russia mixes it corporations with it’s mafia, intelligence agencies, and military, they need to be contained. When they can do business and run their government within bounds then they can come out and play with the rest of us. So in many ways we don’t disagree in the mechanical issues, we just disagree on the ‘why’.

  • Douglas Messier

    I’ve deleted this thread because it doesn’t stick to the topic at hand. W’s expansion of NATO and the Crimea situation are unrelated to whether Trump pays any attention to science.

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    You were right to do so. Sorry.

  • Daniel.

    If the people who are worried about “climate change” were actually serious instead of virtue-signaling… then they should stop their buddies in the Deep State from stopping or closing nuclear power plants.