Rep. Johnson: Opponents of EPA Rule Could Make ‘Planet Uninhabitable by Human Beings’

Eric Scheiner | December 2, 2015 | 12:37pm EST
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Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) (File Photo)

( - Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) warned of a “planet uninhabitable by human beings” and the “demise of humankind itself” on the House floor Tuesday.

The House was debating joint resolutions to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from implementing rules to cut emissions from electricity generating facilities, when Rep. Johnson spoke in oppositon to the measures.

“Now I do realize that some of us really don’t care whether or not mankind’s actions contribute to climate change,” Johnson said. “Some of us really don’t care, some of us don’t care to consider that 95% of scientists recognize that it’s man’s activities that are contributing to the astronomical rate of climate change that is occurring that has the potential to render our planet uninhabitable by human beings.”

“You can laugh, you can smile, you can joke, but 95% of the scientists agree that if we continue along the same path that we are continuing along that it’s the demise of humankind itself - that’s the end result.”

Both measures were passed by the House and the Senate and are set to arrive on President Obama’s desk. The White House has already promised to veto the resolutions.


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