Posted: Sat Jan 20, 2007 2:56 pm Post subject: When Liberals Take Over
Pelosi Plans to Retool House for Global Warming Charge
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, intent on putting global warming atop the Democratic agenda, is shaking up traditional committee fiefdoms dominated by some of Congress' oldest and most powerful members.
She's moving to create a special committee to recommend legislation for cutting greenhouse gases, most likely to be chaired by Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., a Democratic leadership aide said Wednesday.
Markey has advocated raising mileage standards for cars, trucks and SUVs and is one of the House's biggest critics of oil companies and U.S. automakers,
Automakers provide the general public with the vehicles the public wants. Automakers produce large vehicles because the consumer asks for large vehicles. Markey will not lay the "blame" for big vehicles where it truly lays, because he depends on those truck and SUV drivers for his re-election. It's far easier to demonize the big companies.
Pelosi hasn't shied from taking on other powerful House Democrats. She endorsed the losing effort by Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., to become majority leader over Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md. She also has approved of six-year term limits for committee chairmen over objections from Dingell and other senior Democrats.
Divisions are already emerging between moderate and liberal Democrats. It will be interesting to observe whether such conflicts grow with time, or whether the Democrats can present a united front for the elections in 2008.
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