It would appear since Obama has taken up the energy issue as his own everybody wants to get in on the act. I understand ALGORE is being considered as the chair for this ad hoc committee. Its a good time to have Congressman Boucher there as Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce. I think if I was a front runner for Pres in 2008, I would pick Rick now for my V-P running mate.
Pelosi creates panel to tackle energy bill
Thu Jan 18, 2007 4:37pm ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday she is creating a special committee to prepare a package of legislation to address the nation's energy needs and global warming.
"I have asked the chairs of the relevant committees to hold hearings and pass legislation so that by the Fourth of July we can have a package of legislation to truly declare our energy independence," Pelosi, a California Democrat, told reporters at a news conference.
She spoke as debate was under way on the House floor over a Democratic bill to end certain subsidies to the oil industry and use the money to promote new forms of energy.
Pelosi said she was forming "a select committee on energy independence and global warming. Its purpose will be to communicate with the American people on this important issue."
She predicted House passage of the oil industry subsidies bill and said, "Today is a start. It's just a beginning, this legislation that will be passed ... By the Fourth of July, we will have good news to report."
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