House Republicans cut funding to UN climate science body

Funding ban to IPCC part of cuts package that would slash spending on environmental protection

Republican Blaine Luetkemeyer

In proposing the ban on IPCC funding, Republican Blaine Luetkemeyer called the UN panel 'nefarious'. Photograph: Tom Williams/Roll Call Photos

America is to cut off all funding to the United Nations climate science panel under sweeping Republican budget cuts that seek to gut spending on environmental protection.

The funding ban to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – stripping $2.3m (£1.31m) from an international organisation that relies heavily on volunteer scientists – was among some $61bn (£38bn) in cuts voted through the Republican-controlled House of Representatives on Saturday.

If enacted, the cuts package would reduce spending on environmental protection by nearly one-third, or about $3bn (£1.85bn), advancing a key objective of the conservative Tea Party of dismantling government regulation.

The cuts also exhibit the strong hostility to climate science among the Tea Party activists with funding bans on the IPCC and a newly created climate information service under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – a reorganisation which was to be funded out of existing budgets.

More (click here) Suzanne Goldenberg, US environment correspondent,, Monday 21 February 2011 10.11 GMT

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2 Responses to House Republicans cut funding to UN climate science body

  1. Alan Burke says:

    It appears that the Republican War on Science is far from over.

  2. George Ennis says:

    Alan, I would say this is just the opening salvo. I suspect that more attempts will be made like the Attorney General for the state of Virginia who is trying to criminalize climate science.

    It seems that we are facing a tsunami of scientific illiteracy in all areas whether it be those who are strident in their attacks on vaccines, proponents of intelligent design as an alternative hypothesis to the theory of evolution, or those denying the reality of climate change.

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