January 3, 2019
Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s (D., Calif.) choice to lead the House Climate Crisis Committee owned stock in several companies that rank among the nation’s top air and water polluters.
Last week, Pelosi announced that Democratic congresswoman Kathy Castor (Fla.) would chair the newly reconstituted House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. Pelosi’s decision to reestablish the committee, which existed from 2007 until 2011 when it was disbanded by Republicans, signals that climate change will be a top priority for the new Democratic majority.
“This committee will be critical to the entire Congress’s mission to respond to the urgency of this threat, while creating the good-paying, green jobs of the future,” Pelosi said in a statement announcing the appointment. “Congresswoman Castor is a proven champion for public health and green infrastructure, who deeply understands the scope and seriousness of this threat. Her decades of experience in this fight … will be vital.”
Although Castor is poised to have tremendous power over climate-change legislation, it is unclear if her prior financial ties will pose a challenge for progressives who are already complaining that the new committee “will be incapable of solving the greatest threat to humankind.”
This article was posted: Thursday, January 3, 2019 at 7:33 am