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POLITICO: DeFazio Backs Select Committee on Climate

Dec 14, 2018
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Incoming House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) told reporters on Friday he was on board with a plan to establish a select committee tasked with working on solutions to combat climate change.

"I have no concerns about it," he said. "This is the existential threat to the future of the planet. I don't think we can have too many members actively involved."

Several other chairmen, led by incoming Energy and Commerce chairman Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), have voiced concerns the select committee would infringe on their jurisdiction and duplicate ongoing aggressive efforts to tackle climate change. DeFazio said he'd stressed he has no problem with the panel in several conversations with Pallone.

"I'm not going to tell him what's a problem for him and what isn't," DeFazio said. "Again, if it's a select committee, we had one before. [Now-Sen. Ed] Markey chaired it. They came up with some good ideas. Why not?"

DeFazio said his committee would continue its own efforts to tackle climate change.

"We've got to green up transportation big time," he said. "We're going to hold hearings, bring in people who are really smart."

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi gave a draft proposal for the select climate committee to several chairmen earlier Wednesday.

BYLINE: Anthony Adragna
DATELINE: December 14, 2018