Monday, March 10, 2008
According to E & E, Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) will send House Speaker Pelosi a report from the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming with legislative proposals to address climate change on or before the House Energy and Commerce Committee holds a markup on a major piece of climate legislation. Markey was selected by Pelosi as chair of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, which Pelosi created when the Democrats took control of Congress last year. Markey's committee lacks legislative authority, but has held more than 30 hearings on climate change and energy issues.
Markey's staff reportedly has been meeting with alternative energy firms, labor groups, finance specialists, and others seeking legislative ideas. Markey's report is expected after House Energy and Commerce Chairman John Dingell releases his draft climate legislation in mid-April. Dingell (D-Mich), of course, has been protective of the automobile industry -- for example, he attempted last summer to preempt California's GHG emission standards for motor vehicles. If displeased with the bill ultimately reported by Dingell, Pelosi could seek a special rule making Markey's legislative proposal(s) the basis of floor debate, in lieu of Dingell's bill. If Dingell bill's is overly protective of narrow interests or insufficiently stringent, that sort of end run just might happen.