Maybe if the Obama administration and the Blue Dog (corporate) Democrats fought for an economic policy that made the middle-class’ lives better, we wouldn’t be faced with the looming political failure to deal with environmental problems. From Politico:
Most House Republicans envision killing Nancy Pelosi’s special global warming committee if they claw their way back into the majority this November.
Wisconsin Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner wants to keep the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming alive so it can investigate climate science and police President Barack Obama’s green policies.
The 16-term congressman said he’s well-positioned to take on that leadership role, touting credentials as a former chairman of the Judiciary and Science and Technology committees, where he pried information out of the Clinton administration without ever signing a subpoena….
Sensenbrenner, a skeptic on the science connecting man-made carbon dioxide emissions to global warming, predicted in December 2008 that Democrats would lose the House if they pursued cap and trade. But he does employ a top-tier environmental staffer in Harlan Watson, George W. Bush’s former top climate negotiator. He also has options: He could attempt to reclaim the science committee gavel for two more years, for example.
It’s not entirely clear what this committee did, but using it to stall and hinder any initiatives to improve the environment is obscene. What the Administration never understood is that, if you’re not on offense, you’re on defense. They should have been attacking the Republicans on everything, non-stop. Because they didn’t, the rest of us are now suffering from post-partisan depression.
In 2009, we had a once-in-a-generation opportunity to fix so many outstanding problems. Instead, if the Democrats lose the House, the greatest environmental problem of our generation will essentially be ignored.