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      house Committees
      House Committee on Foreign Affairs
    IntroducedFebruary 13th, 2013

What is it?

H.R. 662 would prohibit federal departments & agencies from making any contributions — mandatory or voluntary — monetary contributions to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) or the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Impact

The IPCC & UNFCCC, U.S. government appropriations committees.

Cost

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In Depth:

The IPCC is a UN panel established by member nations to produce reports that support the UNFCCC, which is an environmental treaty that has been signed by all UN member nations. The IPCC has produced five major reports addressing climate change and its impacts since 1990. Some of its primary claims are that:

  • Humans are a significant cause of climate change.

  • The effects of climate change could soon become irreversible & catastrophic.

  • Immediate mitigation is required throughout the world to stop greenhouse gas emissions.


The organization has at times been embroiled in controversy due to errors that have been seemingly made to stoke fear or exaggerate the threat of global warming. In its most recent report, the IPCC noted that there has been a pause in global warming since 1997, without much certainty as to its cause.

Even the amount of funding the IPCC and UNFCCC have received from the U.S. is under dispute. Sponsoring Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO) claimed they have received an average of more than $10 million a year during the Obama administration, while Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) claimed it was only $2.3 million in 2013.

Another aspect of the highly charged politics of global warming is the impact that developing economies such as China and India have on carbon emissions. These countries are unwilling to impede the growth of their economies by adopting policies to reduce emissions, and they want the U.S. & Europe to lead the way.

There is a lack of political willpower in the U.S. to do so.

Polling data compiled by Third Way has shown that the economy has been the leading issue in U.S. politics since 2004, while climate change ranked at or near the bottom of Americans’ priorities in each year data was gathered. The National Association of Manufacturers estimated that implementing a carbon tax (a popular tool for reducing emissions) would decrease U.S. employment by over 2 million people in 2023. This highlights how economically problematic reducing carbon emissions can be.

In advance of the UN Climate Summit, hundreds of thousands of protesters marched in New York City at the People’s Climate March.This sparked many other rallies in solidarity across the globe. However, as usual when it comes to this issue, criticism was quick to follow after some marchers left their trash in the streets.

Media:

Sponsoring Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO) Press Release

The Guardian

Fox News

Climate Science Watch (in opposition)  

Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change - IPCC Critique

(Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Official Title

To prohibit United States contributions to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.