As the new chairman of a key House subcommittee on the environment, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) will be one of the GOP's leading actors when it comes to the Environmental Protection Agency and the growing threats from climate change.
So with his first hearing as chairman on tap for Wednesday, what does the freshman Republicanâ€”and end times novelistâ€”think about anthropogenic global warming? He's not sure.
In response to an inquiry from Mother Jones, Stewart's office emailed a statement suggesting that more study was needed before he could safely say whetherâ€”as 97 percent of scientists believeâ€”humans are responsible for rising global temperatures. And even if they are, he explained, that doesnâ€™t mean we should act:
The world's climate is changing. That has always been true. Our global climate is always in flux, and always will be. So while I accept that our climate is changing, I also understand that a great deal of research still needs to be accomplished to understand why, as well as to discover the impacts man might be having on that change.