Washington • A House committee on Tuesday adopted an amendment by Rep. Jim Matheson that says Congress recognizes scientists are concerned about climate change and that the United States needs to develop a policy to address melting ice caps and rising sea levels and temperatures.
But the language pushed by Matheson, a conservative Democrat who is already on the Republicans' election target list for next year, avoided blaming any climate change on humans, a point that was rejected by the same committee only minutes before Matheson got his language through.
The Utah Democrat added his amendment to a Republican-sponsored bill that would bar the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse-gas emissions. The Energy and Commerce Committee added the amendment by a unanimous voice vote and later approved the entire measure. Matheson was one of three Democrats to back it.