Washington, D.C. – House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) released the following statement in response to today’s climate change report released by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Chairman Smith: “While I appreciate efforts to better understand the complex science of our ever-changing planet, the U.N. report says nothing new. Similar to previous reports, the latest findings appear more political than scientific.  People are tired of the re-packaged rhetoric.  It’s time to stop fear mongering and focus on an honest dialogue about real options.  

“It also appears that the U.N. is once more attempting to provide cover for costly new regulations and energy rationing. Yet the EPA has admitted that electricity regulations will have no discernible impact on the global temperature. America cannot afford to drive its economy over a cliff with the hopes that the rest of the world will make the same mistake.”

This week, the IPCC met to approve the Synthesis Report of its fifth Assessment Report. The Synthesis Report combines previous reports the IPCC has already released and material contained in Special Reports produced during the 5th Assessment Cycle.