Pelosi seeks global warming committee
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (news, bio, voting record) sought to create a special committee Thursday in an effort to jump-start long-delayed government efforts to deal with global warming and produce a bill by Independence Day.
Pelosi, D-Calif., said the committee would hold hearings and recommend legislation on how to reduce greenhouse gases, primarily carbon dioxide generated by fossil fuels, that most scientists blame for a gradual warming of the earth's climate.
"I promise to do everything in my power to achieve energy independence ... and to stop global warming," Pelosi said.
Pelosi set a goal of the Fourth of July for finishing a global warming bill that would "truly declare our energy independence."
The committee will be led by Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., who shares Pelosi's goals, said a Democratic leadership aide, speaking on condition of anonymity because Pelosi had yet to announce her choice.
Actual bill-drafting duties will be left to committees that have a say in the matter. That could be several because global climate change could affect virtually everything.
Pelosi's move increases the likelihood that Democrats will propose far tougher constraints on greenhouse gas pollution than the Bush administration wants. She also has outflanked for now — and angered — a few Democrats who head important House committees.
Friday, January 19, 2007
It's About Damn Time...
Posted by Morrigan at 11:49