Pelosi on House Vote to Create Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming

March 8, 2007
Press Release
Washington, D.C. - Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today after the House of Representatives approved the creation of a Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming on a vote of 269 to 150, with 44 Republicans voting in favor:

'Global warming may be the greatest challenge of our time, setting at risk our economy, environment, and national security.  With the creation of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming on a strong bipartisan vote, the House is giving these issues the high visibility they deserve.

'Energy independence and climate change are issues of national security and national urgency, and the new committee will play a key role in informing Congress and the public, developing policy initiatives, and assuring we make real progress toward reducing our dependence on foreign fuels.

'In the House of Representatives, debate on global warming has been stifled for 12 years; we can't wait any longer.  With American ingenuity and a commitment from Congress, we are moving in a new direction to permanently address global warming and make our nation energy independent.'