Republicans will not take control of the House of Representatives until January, but they are already making plans for how they will govern the chamber. Last week, Representative James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) announced that the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming would not be continued in the 112th Congress. Sensenbrenner, the panel’s senior Republican in this Congress and a vocal climate skeptic, had pushed for the continuation of the panel under Republican leadership in the next session of Congress. The Committee was established four years ago when the Democrats gained control of the House and has been chaired by Representative Ed Markey (D-MA).


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