It was over almost as soon as it began.

Less than 15 minutes after the House Natural Resources oversight subcommittee’s hearing on climate change denial started, Republicans on the panel forced the hearing into adjournment and walked out.

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), ranking member of the oversight subcommittee, led the motion to adjourn the hearing, arguing the subject matter wasn’t within the jurisdiction of the House Natural Resources Committee.

The hearing was titled “The Denial Playbook: How Industries Manipulate Science and Policy from Climate Change to Public Health.”

Witnesses were called from several industries, including retired NFL player...