Rep. Roy calls out Biden administration’s creation of climate hysteria office at HHS

September 20, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON—Last week, Rep. Chip Roy (TX-21), joined by 11 of his House colleagues, called out the Biden administration for injecting climate hysteria into the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through the establishment of the Office of Climate Change and Health Equity (OCCHE).

 

The letter sent by the House Members to HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra points out OCCHE is a deviation from HHS’s core mission and explains that it poses a threat to hospitals’ ability to provide care.

 

“OCCHE will support ‘regulatory efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and criteria air pollution throughout the health care sector, including participating suppliers and providers,’” the letter reads.

 

The letter also urges the administration against taking actions that threaten hospitals’ ability to use natural gas or diesel fired backup generators, which hospitals rely on to save lives during power outages.

 

Below are some of the questions the letter charges Becerra to answer:

 

  • “Has HHS analyzed whether restrictions on hospital energy consumption will lead to increased patient mortality rates? If not, does HHS plan to?”
  • “Has HHS compiled comprehensive data on the types of backup generators hospitals rely on? If not, does HHS plan to?”
  • “Does HHS believe it has statutory authority to regulate the healthcare industry’s emissions?”
  • “How much taxpayer money does HHS intend to dedicate to OCCHE? Since Congress has not appropriated money for this office, where has it been diverted from?”

 

Full text of the letter is available here.

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