This morning on ABC’s This Week, George Stephanopoulos reported that Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) “is considering setting up a special committee in the House to deal with climate change and global warming.”
Also on ABC, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) called climate change “the most serious environmental problem” we face, and said “we’ve got to get action on it” and “not wait until everybody around the world is going to do it.”
Last year, Waxman introduced the Safe Climate Act, which aims to freeze greenhouse gas emissions by 2010 and cut emissions to their 1990 levels by 2020. The bill would create “a flexible economy-wide cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gas emissions, along with measures to advance technology and reduce emissions through renewable energy, energy efficiency, and cleaner cars.”
STEPHANOPOULOS: Congressman Waxman, you helped write the Clean Air Act back in 1990 and I think the warm weather this weekend has reminded us all of that global warming, as if we needed another reminder. I’ve been told Speaker Pelosi is considering setting up a special committee in the House to deal with climate change and global warming. Do you think that’s a good idea and what should it do?
WAXMAN: I haven’t heard what she’s thinking along those lines, but I introduced the first global warming bill in the House 18 years ago. I have a bill now pending that has the most co-sponsors in it. What we’ve got to do is hold hearings and that’s what our committee plans to do. This is a serious — this is the most serious environmental problem that we’re facing. We’ve got to get action on it. We may not since this administration won’t even acknowledge the fact of global warming, but we’ve got to set out the way that we can reduce those carbon emissions in this country, not wait until everybody around the world is going to do it, but be the leader and get other countries to work with us as we chart a course of reducing emissions, carbon emissions from motor vehicles and other sources.