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This Is the Way the House Climate Panel Ends (Whimper, No Bang)

It was probably inevitable that the Republican victories in November would translate to some serious trouble for climate legislation.


It was probably inevitable that the Republican victories in November would translate to some serious trouble for climate legislation, especially seeing as little was accomplished before the Democrats lost their majority.

Politico reports on the House panel on climate change's unceremonious death.


The House Democrats’ prized global warming committee died quietly on Wednesday.

It was four years old.

Created in 2007 by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to draw attention to the causes and effects of climate change, the committee didn’t have much of a chance to survive the upcoming Republican takeover. Wednesday, the axe fell.

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Speaking on behalf of John Boehner, Michael Steele said scuttling the committee was part of a pledge to "save taxpayers's money by reducing waste and duplication in Congress."

This is yet another sign that climate action needs to start with us, not Washington.

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