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Rivalry breaks out over Congress' top energy spot( auto industry versus environmentalists)
miamiherald.com/ ^ | 11/12/08 | By ROB HOTAKAINEN

Posted on 11/12/2008 9:15:39 AM PST by thetru

Rivalry breaks out over Congress' top energy spot

WASHINGTON -- In the first big post-election clash on Capitol Hill, two House heavyweights are battling to lead an influential committee that will have jurisdiction over global warming in the new Congress.

The fight pits California Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman, a key ally of environmentalists, against Democratic Rep. John Dingell of Michigan, who has ties to the auto industry. Waxman is trying to oust Dingell as chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

While Waxman supporters say they think they've got enough votes to prevail, Dingell is fighting hard to keep the position.

In an interview with WJR radio, he called Waxman an "anti-manufacturing left-wing Democrat" and said it would be a mistake to have him in charge, particularly with the auto industry struggling.

If Waxman is successful in his attempted coup, it means that two Californians would take leading roles in the contentious debate over global warming. Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer is the head of the Senate's environmental committee, which has jurisdiction over the issue.

The 82-year-old Dingell, the most senior member of the House, has long resisted higher fuel standards and tighter limits on greenhouse gases.

A vote is expected next week, when House Democrats elect their leaders for the new Congress, which will convene in January. It will be the first major test of whether the party's liberal wing, represented by Waxman, has more clout than the party's moderate wing.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California is thought to be closer to Waxman, 69. She has clashed with Dingell in the past, but she's remaining neutral in this fight, at least publicly.

The committee is expected to be highly visible next year, with President-elect Barack Obama promising to make energy issues a top priority.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: environmentalists

1 posted on 11/12/2008 9:15:39 AM PST by thetru
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To: thetru

I predicted last week this was going to happen, that is, the Dems would lose no time beginning to fight among themselves, and got poo-pooed all over the place. But it is starting, sure enough. Pass the popcorn.


2 posted on 11/12/2008 9:22:37 AM PST by 3AngelaD (They screwed up their own countries so bad they had to leave, and now they're here screwing up ours.)
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To: thetru

So, which will prevail, Big Auto or Big Tofu?


3 posted on 11/12/2008 9:22:42 AM PST by Born Conservative (Bohicaville: http://bohicaville.wordpress.com/)
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To: thetru; TenthAmendmentChampion; calcowgirl; Horusra; CygnusXI; Entrepreneur; Defendingliberty; ...
 


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4 posted on 11/12/2008 9:23:59 AM PST by steelyourfaith
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To: All

Unions vs. hippies


5 posted on 11/12/2008 9:24:57 AM PST by SMCC1
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To: Born Conservative
So, which will prevail, Big Auto Big Union or Big Tofu?

My money's on the Big Union. Libs all drive Honda's and Toyotas but they get plenty money from the UAW.

6 posted on 11/12/2008 9:25:15 AM PST by rhombus
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To: thetru

Wow. I thought the Dems were all about environmentalism and global warming.


7 posted on 11/12/2008 9:25:36 AM PST by ABQHispConservative (Liberal + Democrat = Socialist)
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To: thetru

This will be fun!


8 posted on 11/12/2008 9:27:03 AM PST by mlocher (USA is a sovereign nation)
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To: mlocher

Popcorn time.


9 posted on 11/12/2008 9:27:28 AM PST by AU72
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To: AU72
Popcorn time.

Also going to need some adult beverages to numb the ensuing pain.

10 posted on 11/12/2008 9:28:35 AM PST by mlocher (USA is a sovereign nation)
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To: thetru

Trouble in Paradise!


11 posted on 11/12/2008 9:28:55 AM PST by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all that needs to be done needs to be done by the government)
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To: mlocher
“This will be fun!”

It won't be fun if Waxman prevails!

12 posted on 11/12/2008 9:31:45 AM PST by dalereed
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To: ABQHispConservative
Have to go with Dingell. The envio weanies think energy comes from the air we breath and there is a conspiracy to keep green energy away from the masses. If the idiot Waxman makes it in, no drilling, no new power plants (nuclear, coal or gas).
13 posted on 11/12/2008 9:32:38 AM PST by bronxboy
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To: dalereed
“It won't be fun if Waxman prevails!”

Dittos to that. Waxman is a POS to put it mildly.

14 posted on 11/12/2008 9:39:16 AM PST by Parley Baer
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To: thetru

From the first sentence of the article “global warming”...Hello McFly...there is no such thing as man made global warming! The libtards have sucessfully gotten that term out there and because we do not call ‘em on the falsehood of it, it has now become fact to The Sheeple. The earth cools and warms continuously, and we puny humans have no control over it. It is just a created issue so they can tax us more and control us more. Duh! Libtards!!! ARRRGGHHHH!!!


15 posted on 11/12/2008 9:40:44 AM PST by TheConservativeParty ("Those guys are jerks!" Saracuda)
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To: thetru

The ultimate question to be asked here is this:

How many jobs (and therefore votes) can the environmentalists claim to represent?

Dingell can point to Detroit and a LOT of jobs.

Waxman... not so much.

If Pelosi is a fool, she’ll let Waxman run the show - and the DNC will lose control of Congress pretty quickly as a result.

I’m not saying that Pelosi won’t make the wrong choice. She’s certainly a dim enough bulb to do really stupid things.


16 posted on 11/12/2008 9:51:28 AM PST by NVDave
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To: thetru

Waxman and Dingell. What a pair. You have to put a mirror up to their mouth just to check to see if they are still breathing.


17 posted on 11/12/2008 10:00:27 AM PST by Old Retired Army Guy (tHE)
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To: SMCC1
The state Supreme Court last month, in a 4-3 decision, ruled that preventing gay and lesbian couples from marrying violates the state constitution.
Who donates more money? Who operates the GOTV drives?
18 posted on 11/12/2008 10:20:26 AM PST by dbz77
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To: NVDave
Waxman... not so much.
Waxman can point to all the pool cleaners, waiters, shoeshiners, and cashiers who work in Beverly Hills.
19 posted on 11/12/2008 10:21:43 AM PST by dbz77
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To: thetru

Democrats make very strange bedfellows.


20 posted on 11/12/2008 10:24:12 AM PST by DungeonMaster (Dan 4:17 and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men.)
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To: Mind-numbed Robot

We predict that whichever wins the Congress will continue down the same path of subsidizing problems rather than solving them. There will be endless talk of “Manhattan projects” to develop “alternative energy” and putting windmills in your car. Research dollars and tax breaks to boondoggles will be followed by more research dollars and tax breaks to the same boondoggles.


21 posted on 11/12/2008 1:07:14 PM PST by AmericanVictory (Should we be more like them, or they like us?)
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To: AmericanVictory

I predict the continuation of the effort to destroy America, which may include the things you list.

Concerning this article, we are seeing a schism in the Left between competing groups, not philosophies. Dingell is beholden to the leftist UAW and Waxman is captive of the leftists environmentalist. Each of them, the unions and the environmentalists are determined to destroy America as we know it and create the USSA (Union of Socialist States of America).


22 posted on 11/12/2008 3:01:39 PM PST by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all that needs to be done needs to be done by the government)
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