The GOP’s Planet-Warming Task Force


Over at E2Wire, Andrew Restuccia reports that House Republicans have formed a new coalition—the House Energy Action Team, or “HEAT.”

The coalition will “promote Republican energy policies that will address rising energy prices, create thousands of good jobs and enhance our national security by promoting energy independence for America.” In GOP-speak, that generally translates to “more oil and gas drilling.”

Given their platform of enhancing fossil-fuel production and the party’s almost uniform denial of climate change, the moniker is maybe just a little ironic. Something tells me they probably didn’t think about that too hard though.

(h/t to Steve Kretzmann at Oil Change International for flagging this.)

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  • Kate Sheppard was a staff reporter in Mother Jones' Washington bureau from 2009 to 2013. She is now a senior reporter and the energy and environment editor at The Huffington Post. She can be reached by email at kate (dot) sheppard (at) huffingtonpost (dot) com and you can follow her on Twitter @kate_sheppard.