US Congress: Infrastructure is bipartisan concern, but House panel differs on climate change

Everyone in Congress agrees transportation is a bipartisan matter. But a hearing Tuesday to discuss the impact of transportation on climate change caused sharp partisan discord.

“We don’t need sweeping mandates that ignore economic reality,” said Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo., ranking member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. “The heavy-handed approach, envisioned by the Green New Deal, doesn’t work.”

Two other Republicans also questioned whether action at the federal level was required, expressing discomfort with a hearing called by Democrats who wanted to investigate how infrastructure policy might evolve in the face of climate change.

“It looks like companies and industry are already being environmentally conscious,” said Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill. “Why do we need a top-down approach to environmental regulation?”

Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., waved a research paper, saying the science of climate change was “a bit murky.”

But Vicki Arroyo, executive director of the Georgetown University Climate Center responded that, “The scientific record is … overwhelming.