Dems will Revive Climate Committee

November 12, 2018

Above, former chair of the House “Science” Committee, Lamar Smith, in a classic House floor speech, declares that President Trump is the “only source of unvarnished truth.”

Smith retired, giving up his seat this year, and was replaced by a brand new climate denier in his Texas district.

With the return of House control to Dems, Climate will again be on the House docket.


House Democrats are planning to resurrect a special committee focused on climate change, giving them a platform to spotlight an issue on which polls show President Donald Trump is out of step with the public.

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California will ask her colleagues to reconstitute the select committee, which was created under her watch 11 years ago and disbanded by Republicans after they took control of the House in January 2011. The plan was described by senior Democratic aides who asked not to be named before a formal announcement.

If lawmakers vote to resurrect the panel, it would give Democrats a chance to amplify concerns about climate change following a dire United Nations report as well as scrutinize the Trump administration’s approach to the issue.

In its previous iteration, the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming was not authorized to advance its own bills, but it still used dozens of hearings to emphasize Democratic priorities, evaluating advancements in renewable power and the consequences of climate change. The panel’s work helped pave the way for broad legislation to create a cap-and-trade system for carbon dioxide emissions that passed the House in 2009 before faltering in the Senate.

“They can only do messaging,” said Anna Burhop, an environmental policy expert with Bracewell LLP. Although legislation on energy and climate issues falls to other House panels, “the select committee can have as many messaging hearings as their little hearts desire,” and use them to “address wildfires, hurricanes and sea level rise.”

5 Responses to “Dems will Revive Climate Committee”

  1. dumboldguy Says:

    Can’t wait for the Dems to take control of the House and start to do the “good works” that have been so long neglected under Repugnant so-called “leadership”—-this committee will be very busy.

    And thanks for the reminder about what a mindless and useless POS “Lamer” Smith was. BTW, it’s fake news that he retired—-a Repugnant cover up of the fact that he did not survive the surgery to remove his face from Trump’s rear end—it was just too firmly attached.

  2. rhymeswithgoalie Says:

    [Aside to other commenters: Is anyone getting spammed by something called “S0undEagle” every time they comment?]

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