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Climate science's standing in the 112th Congress

Several organizational changes have been made in the 112th Congress that allow for greater investigation into energy and environmental issues. 

  • The Committee on Science, Space and Technology, formerly the Committee on Science and Technology,  appointed four freshmen as subcommittee chairman and has given Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), the new vice-chair of the committee and climate skeptic, a large portion of the committee's climate change portfolio.  Sensenbrenner is the former ranking member of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming,  a committee abolished by House leadership over Rep. Sensenbrenner's efforts to keep the committee to challenge EPA regulations.
  • The House Committee on Energy and Commerce split its Energy and Environment Subcommittee in two. The Economy and Environment Subcommittee will be chaired by Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL) and will focus on how environmental regulations affect the economy, while the Energy and Power Subcommittee will be chaired by Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY) and has jurisdiction over energy issues and the Clean Air Act.  Many believe these changes were made to give the committee greater oversight of EPA clean air regulations.

Where do you think climate science stands in the current Congress and how do you think it will change as a result of future committee hearings?