So House Democrats care so much about greenhouse gas emissions and global warming that they're forming a special panel to address this crisis. Speaker Pelosi insists that the House pass legislation by July 4.
To help House Democrats demonstrate how serious this effort is, Rules Committee Ranking Member David Dreier offered an amendment to require that the new panel operate in a carbon-neutral manner.
Guess how Democrats reacted:
Dreier also proposed an amendment to make the new committee function in a carbon-neutral fashion. It was a move praised by some on the panel, who said Congress needs to look at ways to become more environmentally friendly.
But Dreier’s amendment was voted down, with Democrats arguing they did not want to force the new panel to do anything potentially cumbersome so early on.
Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) argued that the creation of the new committee is important, as “Mother Nature is on life support because of 12 years of the Republican majority.”
Mother Nature is in trouble if she's on life support while the Democrats are in charge. In general they've seemed pretty eager to pull the plug in cases like this.
I must confess - I don't get this. I thought global warming was the single greatest threat to the existence of mankind? I thought that the calculation of your carbon footprint and the purchase of carbon offsets was simple and straightforward? Isn't this exactly the right place to start to change the way we do business?
I mean, it's not like this work is 'too important' to be carbon neutral, right? Eventually everything that we do - including things as important as medical care and national defense - will need to try to be carbon neutral, right? So why is the Democratic House of Representatives not willing to put its money where its mouth is.
It's almost like they don't take global warming seriously.