Just who has the purse strings here?

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce asked officials at 14 agencies to testify at a hearing about spending on global warming. Eleven declined to testify or provide written information on the issue. Michal Conger has the story at the Washington Examiner.

“all but the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency refused to provide a witness, citing scheduling conflicts.

The other agencies invited were the departments of Health and Human Services, Agriculture, Interior and State, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Export-Import Bank, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and NASA.

Together those agencies have spent at least $70 billion on global warming activities since 2005, according to the Congressional Research Service.

The committee sent an Oct. 24 letter asking the agencies to answer its questions in writing, as an alternative to sending someone to testify.

The committee requested information on global warming-related climate research; climate-related regulations proposed, issued or in process; climate-related grant programs agencies participated in; cooperation between agencies; and spending on these activities.

Spending money doesn’t seem to be any problem. Explaining the spending to those who allocate the funds appears to be a rather low priority. This starts to look like a case where bureaucrats believe they have a right to their money and Congress (and the people) have no right to object or complain or direct. That is the behavior of a government run wild.

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