Friday, November 17, 2006

Winds of change?

The US has had its mid-term elections. The Democrats are in but, what might this mean for the environment? A lot of negotiation on legislation goes on behind the scenes and particularly through various committees. It's largely out of sight and no doubt pretty tedious but, important none the less for what happens eventually with decisions regards environmental matters.

According to a report from we could begin to see some positive changes, albeit rather slowly. Their report comments that;

'Democrats will focus on cutting pollution blamed for global warming, accelerating toxic waste cleanups, reversing Bush administration tax and regulatory breaks for energy producers and switching the government's course back to strict protections for endangered species.

Energy companies will likely be put on the defensive. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., the presumed next speaker of the House, has already promised to repeal oil industry subsidies.

Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., the likely next chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, plans to investigate Republicans' oil subsidies included in the energy bill Bush signed into law last year. Dingell said he also was interested in revisiting Vice President Dick Cheney's secretive energy task force.

Sen. Barbara Boxer, a liberal California Democrat and one of the biggest environmental advocates on Capitol Hill, was named Tuesday to chair the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. She replaces Oklahoma Republican James Inhofe, who says global warming is a hoax and wanted to abolish the Environmental Protection Agency established by President Richard Nixon.'

Do we detect winds of change for the better? More detail from .


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