As you may know by now, Rep. Henry Waxman of California officially was selected to chair the House Energy and Commerce Committee in the new Congress, replacing Rep. John Dingell of Michigan. The vote by the House Democratic Caucus was 137-122 in favor of Waxman.
Waxman’s victory is a breath of fresh air – of clean air. It was a stunning defeat for the corporate lobbyists on K Street.
And it was nothing if not historic, bucking the traditional congressional seniority system.
It shows that a majority of the House Democrats are ready to work with the incoming Obama administration on effective global warming legislation.
We hope that those on the losing side of today’s vote will take a positive attitude moving forward. And that enlightened members of both parties will work together on global warming and other crucial environmental issues.