Congressman offers amendment to end spending any money on U.N. climate programs

Being debated today in Congress is The Howard P. “Buck” McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 (H.R. 4435). It is the latest proposed National Defense Authorization Act. According to the House Armed Services Committee, the bill “will be the comprehensive legislation to authorize the budget authority of the Department of Defense and the national security programs of the Department of Energy.” Congressman David McKinley (R-W.Va.) is introducing an amendment to cut off funds for a whole bunch of climate programs. See the list and amendment below.

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The total appropriations that are authorized amount to approximately $600 billion for fiscal year 2015.  Source:

http://amendments-rules.house.gov/amendments/MCCLIMATE51914080929929.pdf

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42 thoughts on “Congressman offers amendment to end spending any money on U.N. climate programs

  1. I would rather see a drastic reduction in climate program spending, similar to Australia. But I think the Republicans will have to gain control of the Senate and White House before this happens.

  2. Well, maybe I shouldn’t/t give that Amendment an “Amen” since the passage of the Amendment in the Senate may not have a prayer.

  3. now this is going to be a can of worms….
    The UN has linked “climate change” to everything from hickeys to snails to ……………

  4. That would be great if it passes. I’m all for getting the UN out of the US. Over the years it has become an enemy of the US, full of petty dictators and one sided organizations (IPCC for example) that view Americans as the sole cause of all the worlds problems. They could relocate the UN to some country they consider ‘model’ like North Korea, Iran, or China. As a benefit of getting rid of the UN it’d free up a lot of parking, and get rid of those self important, arrogant diplomats who run around in NYC.

  5. President Obama was on television this morning giving a speech on veterans affairs, but he forgot to mention the problems were caused by climate change. /sarc

  6. US planned to spend about $21 Billion dollars for climate related expenditures last year and probably about the same this year With no global warming in United States since 1998 , one wonders why these unnecessary expenditures still continues year after year. No wonder US cannot balance the budget when you throw this level of money at a threat that does not even exist, yet there are inadequate funds to take care of the war veterans

  7. Thank you all so much for introducing this bill. There really are wonderful people who understand the subservience and economic destruction contained in the “sustainability” agenda.

    Sen. Inhofe has also introduced a bill to enable states to keep their coal power on based on need and local conditions, rather than on the dictates of the unelectable, unaccountable federal bureaucracy, the EPA.

    While the bill mentions “Agenda 21″ it should include language which applies even if the progressives re-name the program and its goals. The Common Core nationalized educational program introduced in the states has encountered such stiff local opposition, that many states have simply re-named it.

  8. Correction: “Sen. Inhofe has also introduced a bill to enable states to keep their coal power on based on need and local conditions, rather than on the dictates of the unelected, unaccountable federal bureaucracy, the EPA.”

    ref: “The record low temperatures our country has experienced recently has served as a reminder of the importance of reliable, cost-effective energy required to heat our homes and businesses during extended winter weather,” said Inhofe. “American Electric Power reported that during the recent cold weather, they were running 89 percent of the coal generation it must retire by 2015. AEP said that this has caused them to ‘question the reliability impacts’ of federal regulation. The President’s war on fossil fuels is unsustainable for future energy costs. What happens after 2015 when we can’t use the coal resources AEP relied on this winter, and what regulation on affordable energy is coming next? For this reason, I am introducing the Electricity Reliability and Affordability Act give states the ability to pull the reigns back on big government regulations and ensure accessible, affordable energy for their citizens.” http://www.inhofe.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/inhofe-introduces-electricity-and-reliability-act

  9. I dunno about that, but I’d like to propose a bill in which
    we immediately outlaw greenhouse growers from pumping dangerous
    carbon pollution on the nation’s food supply.

  10. rishrac says:
    May 21, 2014 at 7:57 am
    That would be great if it passes. I’m all for getting the UN out of the US. Over the years it has become an enemy of the US, full of petty dictators and one sided organizations (IPCC for example) that view Americans as the sole cause of all the worlds problems. They could relocate the UN to some country they consider ‘model’ like North Korea, Iran, or China. As a benefit of getting rid of the UN it’d free up a lot of parking, and get rid of those self important, arrogant diplomats who run around in NYC.
    ————————————————-
    I like Somalia for the new home of the UN and Cuba for the IPCC although North Korea would be good, too. I wonder how the UN would do in Libya or maybe Syria?
    cn

  11. And while they are at it, defund the EPA and put an end to their whole “Nazi” like enterprise.

  12. There’s less than 330 million people in the US [and, no Mr. Ehrlich (and former associate with John Holdren - the POTUS's science advisor) we didn't experience a famine when it topped 280].

    Now, for the remedial arithmetic people (that usually refers to … oh, hell, I’ll come out and say it: Democrats) the above stated US population multiplied by $3.00 each equals about a billion dollars. So, if the government has authorized to spend 600 billion on Climate Voodoo for 2015, that means they’re spending $1,800 for each and every man, woman, and child. You’re two year old infant has; without counsel, without signing on the dotted line, without even their goddam verbal approval; just committed to a payment of $1,800 from their Spider-Man piggy bank, which currently holds enough dimes and nickels for half of a peanut butter cup.

    I don’t know about anyone else but I think that’s Grand Theft most foul.

  13. First, this will be blocked by the Senate. Second, if the bill passes into law Obama will ignore it.

  14. The UN was once a forum for world governments to meet to deal with conflicts. It has become an anti-US and anti-capitalism malthusian activist organization filled up with ‘sinistral’ ideologues. Moreover, it is disproportionately funded by the US. I can’t for the life of me see much in the way of US interests being served, why they have let this band of antagonists have such sway. I would say we need a forum like the early UN and scrap the rest.

    On the subject of global warming:

    The Other Phil says:
    May 21, 2014 at 7:08 am

    “I’m sure some will welcome this, I do not.”

    O’ Phil, what possible areas do you see in climate change that hasn’t been funded to submission? Climate science goes with the same formula for warming since 1988. What is new? Be clear about it. Should we spend a trillion every year for the same climate change Rocky Horror Picture Show?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rocky_Horror_Picture_Show

    “Audience members returned to the cinemas frequently and talked back to the screen and began dressing as the characters, spawning similar performance groups across the United States. Still in limited release nearly four decades after its premiere, it has the longest-running theatrical release in film history. ”

    Or is it the brainwashing, propaganda that you support? If that it is it, let’s hire a Madison Avenue firm to promote it at 1000th the cost. After Climategate, a 17 year hiatus in warming (as long as the believed human-caused warming itself) and the shameful whitewashes of fraudulent scientist behaviors, what will it take to change your mind? What skills and knowledge do you possess that makes you an immovable believer?

  15. So this amendment will prevent the military budget from being used for climate change resurch. That should have been from the start. It is sad that they need to specificaly call it out.

  16. http://rules.house.gov/bill/113/hr-4435 (as of May 21, 12:50 EDT)
    145 – Version 1 – McKinley (WV) – Republican
    – Prohibits funds for this Administration to conduct it’s anti-fossil fuel climate change agenda, which includes the National Climate Assessment, the IPCC report, the UN’s Agenda 21, and the Social Cost of Carbon.
    – Made In Order

    #145 of 330 total, about 65% of them are Made in Order.

    ….. Once printed in the Congressional Record , the Member is assured five minutes to speak on the amendment under an open rule, as will one opponent, even if a time limit is imposed by the Committee of the Whole. However, this protection will not apply if the special rule governing the bill adopted by the House includes a time limitation or the rule does not include the Member’s amendment in the list of amendments that are to be made in order. The time for consideration of amendments may be limited overall by a rule, or the rule may specify time limits for each amendment made in order.

    http://conginst.org/112th-congress-house-floor-procedures-manual/xii-amendments-under-the-five-minute-rule/

    “What a country!” – Yakov Smirnoff

  17. Almost Heaven, West Virginia….

    There are a lot of states (and voters) that are being affected by Obama’s war on coal (and other fuels). Worse, these are areas where the local economy is weak, if not completely dormant.
    Cutting the revenue and jobs from coal, while at the same time increasing tax and regulation burden in favor of green dreams of “alternative” energy will destroy what little economy is left.

    (I think “alternative energy” is a self-cancelling term, i.e. it is untenable, unafforable, and unrealistic, therefore it is no alternative).

    Good for congressman McKinley. Hope his efforts result in improvements in policy, expenditures, and life in general.

  18. “Jeff in Calgary says:
    May 21, 2014 at 10:03 am
    So this amendment will prevent the military budget from being used for climate change resurch. That should have been from the start. It is sad that they need to specificaly call it out.”

    Now if they could only get NASA back on track, before Russia, China, India, etc., etc., etc. all eat
    our exploration and scientific lunch (so to speak…). Just read that Russia is threatening to cut off access to the ISS to the U.S. hmmmm….where’s that shuttle when we need one (or something better still….sigh…).

  19. “Gary Pearse says:
    May 21, 2014 at 9:27 am
    The UN was once a forum for world governments to meet to deal with conflicts. It has become an anti-US and anti-capitalism malthusian activist organization filled up with ‘sinistral’ ideologues.”

    I think it has been anti-US from the start, beginning with Alger Hiss. Look up Edward House (League of Nations, “Philip Dru: Administrator”, Julian Huxley (actually a lot of Huxleys, going back a few generations), Robert Muller, and the CFR. Can’t get more sinister than Muller’s inspiration….

    The IPCC is just one part of a multi-headed money-grubbing beast that needs to be stopped before all of our resources (both natural and manufactured) are gone…

  20. Ammend it to redirect all monies not spent for Climate Change related activities to a voucher program for Veterans to receive medical care at the closest facility to their place of residence.

  21. fhhaynie says: May 21, 2014 at 9:27 am
    600 billion is the total defense budget.
    _______________________________

    Which has prevented the need for US citizens to learn how to speak German, Japanese, Russian and possiby Chinese.

    R

  22. I sincerely and fervently hope Congressman McKinley’s amendment survives and is included in the final Bill. If it passes the final vote, it becomes a real ‘fishbone’ for Obama to swallow when he signs the final Defense Authorization into law. Or he can use his ‘alternate energies’ to veto the whole damn defense bill in a vain attempt to save his crony socialism ‘flower power’ programs.

    Pile that on top of Our Dear Leader’s Veterans Administration healthcare debacle and cover-up and let’s see where voter sentiments heads….. I’d really like to have that public fight, right before the fall elections!

  23. Although the amendment is an appropriate means to minimize waste of taxpayers’ money, Congressman McKinley will be branded a nutjob by the MSM and will mocked on the “comedy” and late-night shows.

  24. Jeff says:
    May 21, 2014 at 10:17

    …Just read that Russia is threatening to cut off access to the ISS to the U.S. hmmmm….where’s that shuttle when we need one (or something better still….sigh…).

    The SpaceX Dragon could carry 7 persons at a time up and down, in comfort, on short notice, if not for NASA red tape. Within a year or two, it will be able to soft-land at the spaceport it lifted off from. So will the booster rockets.

    The cost to orbit is about to be slashed by orders of magnitude. Like re-usable jetliners. What a concept!

  25. @Brian H at 6:20 am
    I’m a big fan of SpaceX and the Falcon 9 suite of rockets.
    But we’ve heard “like re-usable jetliners” many times before. I’ll believe it when we’ve had a dozen cycles. The Atlantic wasn’t crossed in a day.

    But SpaceX is doing it right: Little steps, parallel development, lots of options, lots of redundancy. SpaceX might be able to return the boosters to the pad, or a down-range recovery pad. Someday they might be able to achieve a 90% success rate for the recovery of the Stage 1. Stage 2 is much harder to recover. But would you put people on such a descent with less than 90% success? Less than 99%?

    Dragon and other manned components will be coming down via parachute or lifting body for the remainder of my lifetime, and probably my children’s.

  26. I’ll encourage my congressman, an Energy subcommittee chairman, to support this legislation. His record is mixed on CACA. He opposed cap & tax, but voted to continue windmill subsidies, not surprising since his district has the most in the world.

  27. The State of Alabama has apparently decided to put the kibosh on climate change programs after a legislator claimed half the state would be flooded in the near term by rising sea levels. (Reported on Climate Depot.)

  28. Chad Wozniak says:
    May 22, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    I wonder whence the legislator imagined ~500 feet of water would come? That’s the state’s approximate mean elevation, which of course doesn’t necessarily mean that half its land lies below that level.

    Melting of both the West Antarctic & Greenland Ice Sheets might contribute perhaps 30 feet of sea level rise, while the East Antarctic Ice Sheet contains about 190 feet of water equivalent.

    Is half of Alabama under 220 feet in elevation? Maybe he or she assumed a lot of thermal expansion as well.

  29. Called Congressman Walden’s Central Oregon office, but the staffer there hadn’t heard about the amendment. Guess I need to write Greg a letter. He survived a Tea Party challenger in the primary. My buddies the recently ex-Umatilla County sheriff & County Commissioner now state senator recorded radio spots for him, so maybe I’ll activate my network behind this issue. Greg has some position in the House majority leadership, making it worth the effort, IMO.

    Would urge other eastern, central & southern Oregonian readers of this blog to do likewise. Thanks.

  30. Here’s the email I sent Rep. Walden:

    Dear Greg:
    I write in hopes that you will support Rep. David McKinley’s amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which would prevent the Administration from funding the U.S. Global Change Research Program National Climate Assessment, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report, the United Nation’s Agenda 21 sustainable development plan or the May 2013 Technical Update of the Social Cost of Carbon for Regulatory Impact Analysis Under Executive Order 12866.
    The models upon which misguided (to say the least) “climate change” policies have ostensibly been based are worse than worthless. They have failed miserably to predict climatic conditions even years in advance, yet government is supposed to rely upon them to formulate policies for the next century.
    It is past time to start spending precious research dollars on real rather than voodoo science, if the baseless faith in catastrophic anthropogenic climate alarmism (CACA) can be considered any kind of science at all.
    Sincerely,
    John

  31. Please, WUWT readers, write your congress critters urging passage of this amendment. It has little hope in the senate, but it will put senators on record regarding the anti-human, anti-science CACA scam.

    Thanks.

  32. Anthony Watts says:
    May 22, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    Thanks for the update. Now to bring pressure to bear in the Senate.

    With so many vulnerable Democrat candidates from energy producing states, the odds aren’t impossible.

  33. Headline:

    Congressman offers amendment to end spending any money on U.N. climate programs

    I would have liked it better if they left off the last 2 words…

  34. On to the Senate.

    In my case, that means Wyden & the embattled Merkley. Both liberals, but who knows? Odds are slim, but will give them a try. Both fellow Stanford grads (transfer in Wyden’s case), for whatever that’s worth, probably not much. At least Merkley is an actual Oregonian, born & raised, unlike Wyden, who is from out of state & lives in NYC with his second wife, a New York heiress.

    Most Oregonians buy into the CACA scam, so I have a long row to hoe.

  35. No money. No green.
    Some Senators are up for reelection.
    Pay attention and vote accordingly.

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