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Recent committee appointments by Speaker Pelosi show dedication to sound environmental policy

by Mike Gaworecki

December 15, 2008

Last week, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi appointed eight new members to the Congressional Committee on Energy and Commerce and five new members to the Committee on Ways and Means. The new appointees have records that clearly demonstrate their understanding of the severity of global warming and the need for real solutions – and we’ve compiled some research to prove it.

Below you will find the LCV scores of the new members of the two committees, as well as whether or not they have signed on to the Waxman-Markey-Inslee Statement of Principles letter, which lays out the critical pieces of any effective plan to stop global warming. Of the 13 new appointments, 11 are on the Principles. The average LCV score is 89%. This shows that the House is serious about passing legislation in 2009 that will deal with the global warming crisis.

Lifetime LCV scores and Statement of Principles notation for new members of the Ways and Means Committee:

  • Congressman Danny Davis (D-IL): 93%, On Principles
  • Congressman Bob Etheridge (D-NC): 77%, Not on Principles
  • Congressman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ): 95%, On Principles
  • Congressman Brian Higgins (D-NY): 92%, On Principles
  • Congressman John Yarmuth (D-KY): 100%, On Principles

Lifetime LCV scores Statement of Principles notation for new members of the Energy and Commerce Committee:

  • Congressman Bruce Braley (D-IA): 88%, On Principles
  • Congresswoman Donna Christensen (D-Virgin Islands): N/A, On Principles
  • Congresswoman Kathy Castor (D-FL): 91%, On Principles
  • Congressman John Sarbanes (D-MD): 91%, On Principles
  • Congressman Chris Murphy (D-CT): 100%, On Principles
  • Congressman Zack Space (D-OH): 70%, Not on Principles
  • Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-CA): 85%, On Principles
  • Congresswoman Betty Sutton (D-OH): 88%, On Principles

Greenpeace is looking forward to working with the new and old members of these committees, as well as new Energy and Commerce chairman Henry Waxman, to stop global warming in 2009.

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