Posted at 04:14 PM ET, 03/15/2011

House GOP rejects climate change amendment: Science ‘not settled’

Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.): Science of climate change "not settled." (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/ - AP File Photo)
GOP members of the Energy and Commerce Committee rejected three amendments today that would have required Congress to accept that climate change is real, created by humans and hazardous to human health.

The Hill reports that the amendments, proposed by Democrats during a markup of legislation to block Environmental Protection Agency climate change rules, each failed in party-line votes.

Committee ranking Democrat Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) offered up the amendment that would require congressional acceptance that climate change exists. Republicans nixed the idea, citing the possibility of shaky science.

"My good friend from California tries to make it clear that the science is settled,” Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.) said in response. “I would say it’s not settled.”

Democrats are not happy, alleging the GOP is rejecting scientific consensus.

“You can disagree with how EPA acts, but you shouldn’t argue therefore that we shouldn’t even consider the science," Waxman countered. "This is science denial. It’s not worthy of this committee.”

What does this mean for the rest of us? For starters, it looks like someone’s going to have to find a way to explain vast sheets of melting ice in Greenland and a faster-than-expected rise in sea level. Is climate change actually happening? Which side of the aisle is on the right side of science? Read the Post’s roundup of related coverage and decide for yourself .

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