House Creates New Climate Panel

During the Democrats first day as the majority party in the House of Representatives, they passed a rules package that creates a new Select Committee on the Climate Crisis.  As a select Committee, members will not have the authority to create legislation but may explore and research potential solutions to global warming and climate change.  They will serve as a resource and make recommendations to both the Energy & Commerce and Natural Resources Committees that have jurisdiction over climate-related issues.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has named Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL) to serve as chair.  Other members have not been named as yet.