Members of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s anti-global warming panel, the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, were appointed Friday. (Speaker’s news release. Story here. Background here. Names here in .pdf file.) The committee consists of nine Democrats and six Republicans; as anticipated, the Chairman is Rep. Ed Markey, D-MA. (Markey news release.)
When Pelosi announced plans to create the committee — with the goal of passing legislation by July 4 — she encountered resistence for circumventing traditional committee jurisdictions. Chief critic was Rep. John Dingell, D-MI, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
“We’re just empowering a bunch of enthusiastic amateurs to go around and make speeches and make commitments that will be very difficult to honor,” Dingell said last January. In an interview with The Associated Press, he added, “They’re going to get under the feet of and interfere with those who are trying to do a decent job of legislating…I’m unaware of anything they will do that will be of any value.”
On the other hand, the Sierra Club is mightily pleased.
Chairman Dingell’s skepticism seems well-founded in light of the ever-rising levels of speechifying about man-made climate change and the media’s unceasing campaign of reification. That said, the new committee includes some Representatives who have demonstrated a strong appreciation of market forces, growth and the manufacturing economy.
The NAM’s rankings of the committee’s 15 members’ votes during the 109th Congress are certainly interesting. (NAM’s official Voting Record guide is available here.) Chairman Markey earned a 4 percent grade, as did two other Democrats (Blumenauer and Solis); the ranking Republican, Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-WI, earned an 86 percent grade, the lowest NAM rating of the GOP members.
For a full list of the Committee members and their NAM rankings for 109th Congress, please check the extended entry of this post.
Where available, we’ve added a link to a local story about the respective Representative’s appointment to the committee.
Ed Markey, Massachusetts, Chairman — 4 percent
Earl Blumenauer, Oregon — 4 percent (story)
Jay Inslee, Washington — 17 percent (story)
John Larson, Connecticut — 13 percent
Hilda Solis, California — 4 percent (story)
Stephanie Herseth, South Dakota — 46 percent (story)
Emanuel Cleaver, Missouri — 17 percent
John Hall, New York — N/A (new member) (story)
Jerry McNerney, California — N/A (new member) (story)
James Sensenbrenner, Wisconsin — 86 percent
John Shadegg, Arizona — 100 percent (story)
Greg Walden, Oregon — 100 percent (story)
John Sullivan, Oklahoma — 96 percent
Marsha Blackburn, Tennessee — 100 percent
Candice Miller, Michigan — 96 percent (story)
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