ABC News: Fulfilling one of the campaign promises of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), the House voted to create special committee "devoted solely to addressing the issue of global warming. Legislation creating the new ‘Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming’ passed 269 to 150, with 44 Republicans voting in favor of its creation."
While Democrats caucus to determine who will chair the new panel, the GOP has already named their leadership team. Let's meet the ranking Republican member:
Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI).
Sensenbrenner is one of the loudest anti-gay, anti-immigrant and anti-global warming right-wing voices in Congress. (You remember this guy, he threw a hissy fit during the Patriot Act hearings and shut off all the microphones.) Think Progress documents Sensenbrenner's hostility toward the scientific community around global warming, including his famous questioning about placing "catalytic converters on the backs of cows" to decrease methane gases. A long history of similar colorful remarks has earned the congressman the nickname "Senselessbrenner" around Milwaukee.
According to a recent poll, only 13 percent of congressional Republicans say they believe that human activity has caused global warming, compared to 79 percent of all Americans.
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