Overnight Energy: GOP senators push to block climate fund moneyGOP SENATORS: NO CLIMATE FUND MONEY: Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) is once again leading a group of Republican senators in demanding that Congress stop the Obama administration's attempts to pay money into the United Nations' Green Climate Fund.
The lawmakers are asking the Senate Appropriations Committee to write into its bill a provision preventing any funds from going to the international body, which uses its money to help developing nations cut greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change.
It comes after the State Department paid $500 million into the fund, its first such payment, pointing out that last year's appropriations bill did not set aside money for the fund, but didn't prohibit officials from shifting around money from other places.
"We stand firmly opposed to taxpayer dollars going to the GCF," the senators wrote in the Tuesday letter.
"Congress has never authorized or specifically approved funding for the GCF. Giving billions of dollars to an international climate fund is a significant waste of American resources," they said. "With the United States' national debt exceeding $19 trillion and the difficulty finding resources to make critical investments here at home, we should not be sending taxpayer dollars overseas to international bureaucrats in the name of climate change."
Here is the note I sent to each of them via their "contact me" pages on their Senate websites. Assuming it will make no difference, and that I will not get a response, but if they hear enough messages like this, maybe they will reconsider their backwards views....