Sensenbrenner Is Leading Republican On Climate Change Panel
Mar 10, 2007 -
Menomonee Falls Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner announced today that he has been selected by House Republican Leader John Boehner to be the Ranking Member of a newly formed Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming.
Composed of Members of both political parties, this panel will have nine Democratic Members, chaired by Edward Markey of Massachusetts, and six Republicans. It will have no legislative authority, but it will have subpoena power and will report findings to the House by October 31, 2008.
Recent fluctuations in the Earth’s climates and temperatures have led to numerous sensational headlines describing an eminent doomsday scenario. It will be this panel’s responsibility to examine the big questions as to why, and to what extent are humans contributing to these periods of fluctuation, and how can we take steps to eliminate that impact.
“I am honored and pleased to be named Ranking Member of this new panel on climate change, so that a common sense approach will be taken on this issue,” said Sensenbrenner. “We all share the same planet and resources, regardless of party affiliation, and consequently, we are united by a common goal – to live in a clean and healthy environment that we can pass on to our children. But as with any issue, there are different ways to attain this goal. Historically, and as evidenced by our past actions, Republicans believe in advancing common-sense conservation initiatives, consistent with our Wisconsin principles of personal responsibility.”
“Jim Sensenbrenner will bring the same tireless work ethic and dedication to studying the issue of climate change that he has committed to every one of his endeavors in Congress,” said House Republican Leader Boehner. “I cannot think of a more qualified individual to tackle this complex subject matter and help the Congress craft common sense solutions to this challenge.”
“I believe we should continue to foster a healthy economic climate, and at the same time, make responsible decisions and seek innovations to lessen our impact on the global climate,” Sensenbrenner continued. “‘Let’s Be Responsible’ may not grab headlines like ‘The Sky is Falling,’ but it has the virtue of being correct. It also recognizes that there are two climates this panel, and Congress, have to be concerned with. One is environmental, and the other is economic. There is no question of one or the other – we can, and must, have both,” Sensenbrenner concluded.