A Warm Day on Capitol Hill

By January 30, 2007Global Warming

Although it’s chilly elsewhere in the Mid-Atlantic today. Anyway, just to note two hearings today on climate change. They provide excellent evidence of the maxim that elections have consequences.

  • Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works: Senators’ Perspectives on Global Warming. Scheduled to appear: presidential candidates and other senators.
  • Senator Barbara Boxer, D-CA, chairs the committee.

  • House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Allegations of Political Interference with the Work of Government Climate Change Scientists. Rep. Henry Waxman, D-CA., chairs the committee.

    At least the Joint Committee on Reification isn’t meeting.

    UPDATE (1:45 p.m.): Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), the ranking member on EPW, objects to the hearing being held at all:

    Madam Chairman, before I begin my remarks on climate change I do want to point out that I disagree with the format of today’s hearing. Just to hold a hearing for members to provide testimony is duplicative of the Senate floor. We should be doing this in morning business on the floor. When you insisted on holding this in the Committee, we suggested a forum or a roundtable instead of a hearing. This event today breaks every hearing protocol of this Committee, from no agreed to witness list to testimony not being submitted under our rules. If it were not your first hearing Madam Chairman, I would have objected to this hearing. I do want to state for the record that by agreeing to today’s format, we are not setting a new precedent for this Committee and I will object in the future to any similar hearings.