"GOP Votes to Ban Funding to Help Poor Countries Adapt to or Mitigate Climate Change"
Republicans in the House Foreign Affairs Committee voted yesterday to stop all funding for climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts in developing countries. The amendment to a State Department Authorization bill, introduced by Florida Republican Connie Mack, would block any funding of the Global Climate Change Initiative – causing the U.S. to back down on its global commitments to the poorest countries impacted by climate change and further damaging the country’s credibility in climate negotiations.
Yesterday’s vote is far from the last word, however. The Senate will still have a say on the matter, and it’s less likely that such an amendment would pass.