Huge Win for the Environment: Waxman Defeats Dingell
Ding Dong the Dingell is gone! Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) will take the gavel of the House Energy and Commerce Committee in January.
This is huge for those who’ll want strong action on both climate change and clean energy and energy independence (and health care). Heck, it’s the second best piece of news on global warming this month!
I’m told the vote was 137-122. I will post updates as they come.
UPDATE 1: The NYT piece is now up: “Longtime Head of House Energy Panel Is Ousted.”
UPDATE 2: The E&E Daily piece (subs. req’d) is below:
Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) is the new chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Waxman ousted longtime Chairman John Dingell (D-Mich.), 137-122, in a secret ballot vote of the entire House Democratic Caucus today.
With Waxman’s victory, many expect the Beverly Hills Democrat to bring a liberal voice to the podium as he crafts energy and environmental legislation for the incoming Obama administration.
Waxman has not given many details of his proposed agenda, but a clear look at his record suggests he will pursue aggressive pollution cleanup for all industrial sectors, as well as some of the most aggressive limits for U.S. business as it embarks on a first-ever mandatory program to curb heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions.