Five ways House Republicans are striking fear in environmentalists

House Republicans are attempting to shape US environmental policy by attaching to their 2011 spending plans so-called "riders" that would target regulations ranging from greenhouse gases to mining.

2. Climate-change research

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    Rajendra Pachauri (r.), head of the IPCC, and former US Vice President Al Gore pose with their Nobel Peace Prize awards in 2007.
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Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R) of Missouri proposed an amendment to prohibit using any funds to assist the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The IPCC received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for its "efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change."

Rep. Ralph Hall (R) of Texas proposed an amendment that prohibits the use of funds to implement, establish, or create a Climate Service at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In February 2010, the Commerce Department proposed the establishment of the Climate Service, which would act as a national clearinghouse on climate-change data.

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