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03-23-2007, 10:20 AM

Global warming panel makeup questioned
By Nicole Gaudiano
Gannett News Service

WASHINGTON -- House Republican Leader John Boehner would have appointed Rep. Wayne Gilchrest to the bipartisan Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming -- but only if the Maryland Republican would say humans are not causing climate change, Gilchrest said.
"I said, 'John, I can't do that,' " Gilchrest, R-1st-Md., said in an interview. "He said, 'Come on.
Do me a favor. I want to help you here.' "

Gilchrest didn't make the committee. Neither did other Republican moderates or science-minded members, whose guidance centrist GOP members usually seek on the issue. Republican moderates, called the Tuesday Group, invited Boehner to this week's meeting to push for different representation.
The select committee's purpose is to investigate and recommend ways to reduce dependence on foreign energy sources and reduce "emissions and other activities that contribute to climate change," according to legislation that passed March 8 creating the committee. Some Republicans worry that restricting greenhouse gas emissions would have a negative effect on businesses.

Boehner's spokesman Brian Kennedy said he doesn't comment on the private conversations Boehner has with members of his conference, but "the only criteria set for potential members of the panel was that they must undertake a thorough review of the facts, the empirical data and the science to determine how Congress can craft the best possible legislation going forward."

Gilchrest, who co-chairs the House Climate Change Caucus, has long been an environmental-protection advocate and has co-sponsored the Climate Stewardship Act designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 to 70 percent below 1990 levels.
He expressed his interest in the committee several times to Boehner and Minority Whip Roy Blunt of Missouri, telling them the best thing they could do for Republican credibility was to appoint members familiar with the scientific data.

Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, a research scientist from Maryland, and Michigan's Rep. Vern Ehlers, the first research physicist to serve in Congress, also made cases for a seat, but weren't appointed, he said.

"Roy Blunt said he didn't think there was enough evidence to suggest that humans are causing global warming," Gilchrest said. "Right there, holy cow, there's like 9,000 scientists to three on that one."

S.V. Airlie
03-23-2007, 10:23 AM
Gilchrist is a good guy. I have spent a lot of hours with him canoeing on the Ches. Bay and its environs.. He will, I don't think, give in to such BS... He has principles...

03-23-2007, 10:29 AM
Gilchrist is a good guy. I have spent a lot of hours with him canoeing on the Ches. Bay and its environs.. He will, I don't think, give in to such BS... He has principles...

Principles?!!!! Holy SH-T! And he's a REPUBLICAN?:eek:

S.V. Airlie
03-23-2007, 10:31 AM
I know.. but the guy.. does have principles..

03-23-2007, 10:35 AM
this is effing insane. Select Committee on Energy Independence and Bartlett isn't on it?

If there was ever a right wing Christian conservative I'd want on a committee for energy idependence (although that is a stupid concept/title) it would be him. Bartlett has tried to put peak oil issues on the front burner for years to empty seats.

So what are Boehners goals anyway?

S.V. Airlie
03-23-2007, 10:45 AM
I'll never forget his showing up to a Nature Cons. pot luck dinner with a bag of Kentucky Fried Chicken... Excuse.. no time to buy something good.