Climate Change Congress

Democrats to Reconvene Climate Change Committee Killed by GOP Nearly 10 Years Ago

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

According to congressional staffers who spoke to Bloomberg, House Democrats are planning to resurrect the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming when they formally take control of the House of Representatives in 2019.

The last time the committee met was in 2010. House Republicans killed the committee when they first took control of the House of Representatives in 2011.

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.

Ordinarily I would say we've seen enough select committees to last us a lifetime, this one might actually do something useful.

The committee probably won't have the power to write legislation and even if they did it would never pass through the Republican-controlled Senate and Trump would never sign it, but they will be able to expose the Trump regime's decision to bury and remove all mentions of climate change from federal records. And speaking of federal records, the committee will be able to enter all of their findings into the public record where Trump can't purge them.

In any case, they won't be chasing phantom conspiracies about baby body parts or Benghazi.

  • muselet

    It’s best to keep our expectations for the select committee low. It won’t stop Donald Trump from claiming global warming is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese, it won’t stop Rs from arguing that winter disproves global warming, and it won’t stop our glorious news media from constantly quoting oil-industry–funded pseudointellectuals.

    What it might do is what it did before: help Congress understand the issue and recommend potential courses of action. That’s not enough in and of itself, but it’s something.


    • Badgerite

      What it could also do is highlight the advances in alternative energy and how much less polluting alternative energy methods are. This is why such alternative energy systems are referred to as sustainable. They rely on the harnessing of natural forces that will exist as long as the Earth exists. They provide a source of energy that is not easily monopolized or subject to supply or price manipulation by any country or corporate entity. (see Opec and Exon.) And that energy system will be able to provide predictable supply and pricing for commerce as well as jobs. This isn’t “pie in the sky” technology anymore. There are solar energy production plants operating all over the world. In Saudi Arabia and China no less. And labs and universities all over the world are working on battery systems that will be able to make solar and other forms of energy production a 24/7 enterprise.
      It can also point out the dramatic impact that the burning of fossil fuels is already having on the world’s oceans in terms of heat and acid build up that will effect the life in those oceans in ways we cannot yet predict. I have always thought that the term conservative meant to preserve those things of value in our world. Well the greatest thing of value and the source of our life is the ecosystem of the Earth. We need to get busy conserving that.
      Gay marriage threatens no one’s survival. Polluted ground water does.

  • Scopedog

    This is why elections matter.

    This is why voting matters.

    And this is why I will always believe that people like Michael Moore and Chris Hedges and any number of purists who demand that we should not vote or just throw our votes to a third-party hack who could never win are full of shit.

  • Draxiar

    Considering that an iceberg three times the size of Manhattan just decided to divorce Antarctica I think this is a good step to take.

    Sure there have been bigger ones but it’s continued evidence that the hits keep coming and will continue to do so until we can get our shit together and stop fucking up the planet.