There’s no doubt that climate change is one of the fundamental pillars of the left’s platform — and as such, it’s no surprise that when the Democrats assume the majority in the House next week, the issue will receive renewed focus in that chamber.
On Friday, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced the planned creation of a so-called Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, though the move was seen by many as egregiously ill-timed, given that she had just jetted thousands of miles across the ocean for a luxury Hawaiian getaway.
Castor tapped to head Select Committee
Pelosi also announced on Friday the appointment of Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL) to head the special committee, heralding her ability to bring energy and a sense of urgency to combating the “existential threat of the climate crisis” confronting the nation and the world.
A seven-term congresswoman and current member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Castor issued a statement in which she accepted the appointment and pledged to take strong action aimed at reducing carbon pollution and fostering the creation of green jobs.
According to Castor, the imminent threats posed by “changing climate and extreme weather events” are very real and “failure is not an option.”
Progressives quick to voice dissatisfaction
However, not all Democrats happily endorsed Pelosi’s announcement, with members of the more progressive wing of the party taking issue with its composition and limited powers.
Outspoken Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) promptly entered the fray. Her spokesman, Corbin Trent, even declared the panel “about as useful as a screen door on a submarine.”
Chief among progressives’ complaints about the committee is the fact that it will not have subpoena power or the ability to pass bills to the House floor for a vote.
Further, Ocasio-Cortez and others are frustrated that Castor declined to force committee members to refuse political contributions from members of the fossil fuel industry.
Ocasio-Cortez and others on the far left instead support the so-called “Green New Deal” plan that calls for things such as 100 percent use of renewable electricity in the United States, federal jobs initiatives, and universal health care.
Climate hypocrisy abounds on the left
Pelosi’s climate change announcement was striking in its tone-deafness, given that she herself had just traversed a wide swath of the hemisphere by plane to reach the Fairmont Orchid Resort in Kona, Hawaii.
Of course, the “do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do” nature of countless climate change activists on the left is nothing new.
It was recently revealed that progressive hero and climate change firebrand Bernie Sanders spent approximately $300,000 on private flights this past October alone.
However, fossil fuel use on that level pales in comparison to that of self-anointed global warming guru Al Gore, whose Tennessee mansion reportedly uses more electricity in a single year than a typical American family does in the span of 21 years.
But that’s just another example of the left’s hypocrisy on climate change.
Until they start practicing what they preach, it’s unlikely that the Dems will see any support from the right side of the aisle.