House Votes to Defund U.N. Climate Change Panel that Missouri Congressman Calls ‘Nefarious’

( – The House of Representatives has voted to defund a United Nations climate change panel after the Republican who introduced the proposal said the body had “whipped up a global frenzy” over climate change because its members were politically motivated.

“It is tragic that some perhaps well-meaning but politically motivated scientists who should know better have whipped up a global frenzy about a phenomenon which is statistically questionable at best,” Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.) said on the House floor late Saturday night.

Luetkemeyer introduced the amendment to the Full Year Continuing Appropriations Act, a bill that will fund the federal government for the balance of the year. His amendment prohibits any of the money the government plans to spend this year from supporting the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the U.N. body that reports on climate change science.

The amendment — which passed on a 244-179 vote, with nine Democrats joining the majority — would add a section to the end of the spending bill that says, “None of the funds made available by this Act may be used for contributions to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).”

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