House GOP prepares anti-climate crusade

HOUSE GOP PREPARES ANTI-CLIMATE CRUSADE…. A couple of months ago, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said the main thing House Republicans should focus on, if they take back the majority, is launching endless investigations. “I think that all we should do is issue subpoenas and have one hearing after another, and expose all the nonsense that has gone on,” she said in July.

In context, Bachmann was largely referring to the White House, but some of her House colleagues intend to pursue a very similar course, and include global warming among the “nonsense.”

One leading far-right Republican said last week that attacking science would be near the top of his to-do list.

The House’s top Republican watchdog is planning to launch an investigation into international climate data if he takes the helm of the chamber’s oversight panel next year.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the ranking member of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said a probe of the “Climategate” scandal will top his environmental agenda if the Republicans take over the House next year and he gets the chairmanship. […]

Investigative panels in Britain and the United States have since cleared researchers of any wrongdoing, but some Republican lawmakers remain unconvinced.

Jim Sensenbrenner, meanwhile, is prepared to play the role of Tweedledee to Issa’s Tweedledum.

Most House Republicans envision killing Nancy Pelosi’s special global warming committee if they claw their way back into the majority this November.

But one senior GOP lawmaker has another idea in mind: sweet revenge.

Wisconsin Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner wants to keep the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming alive so it can investigate climate science and police President Barack Obama’s green policies.

The Politico piece suggests there may be some simmering intra-party hostility between the two right-wing lawmakers — they each want to take the lead in going after science and environmental policy — but the point is they’re both going to be launching anti-climate crusades.

When we think about what to expect from House Republicans when it comes to investigations, we tend to think of comparisons to Clinton-era witch-hunts. And to be sure, we’re very likely to see exactly that — as Paul Krugman recently noted, “[W]e’ll be having hearings over accusations of corruption on the part of Michelle Obama’s hairdresser, janitors at the Treasury, and Larry Summers’s doctor’s dog.”

But it’s also worth remembering that when the GOP isn’t making up nonsense about the White House, it’ll be holding ridiculous hearings and launching baseless investigations into other far-right obsessions, too.