Washington, DC (January 18, 2007)- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has created a special committee on climate change to recommend legislation for cutting greenhouse gases. It is called the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming. She has tapped Rep. Markey (D-MA) to head the panel. Though the panel has no legislative authority, its formation is opposed by several senior Democratic House members, who argue that it would duplicate and even complicate ongoing efforts to explore the same subjects, and curtail the power of committee chairmen who have decades of expertise in their areas.
Rep. Dingell (D-MI), chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the longest-serving member of the House, greeted the news of the new committee with anger. He told the Associated Press that the new committee would serve as little more than an excuse for members of Congress to take exotic trips.
Rep. Waxman (D-CA) said that Pelosi discussed the idea of a special committee with him several days ago. He, too, is a skeptic. “I believe the existing committees can deal effectively with global warming,” Rep. Waxman said. “But I can also understand why the speaker believes it’s important to highlight this issue.”
New York Times