Henry Waxman is a Representative from California and former Chairman of the House Oversight Committee who would subpoena his own mother if she worked for George W. Bush. And now he's our planet's last best hope for survival because of ENERGY. He just took the Chairmanship of the Committee on Energy and Commerce from the new oldest man alive now that Ted Stevens has been executed. The former head is the hilariously named John Dingell, who has been in Congress since 1955, and runs on straight gasoline because he's from Detroit and loves Auto-lobbyist money. From the NY Times:
Besides seating a committed environmentalist as head of the energy committee, the vote also removes one of the auto industry’s best friends from a key leadership post — further evidence of how much power the American car-makers, whose executives have been pleading for federal money, have lost in Congress.
It doesn't help their cause that the Auto-heads took private jets to beg for some of that sweet sweet bailout money.
Waxman's win seems to be another positive development in Congress. Again, from the NY Times:
Environmental groups reacted swiftly and mostly positively to the ascension of Mr. Waxman. “Chairman Waxman has been a leader on global warming for many years, and we look forward to working closely with him in his new role,” said Karen Wayland, legislative director of the Natural Resources Defense Council.
And here's an older quote from some jerks called Earthjustice:
"Earthjustice applauds Chairman Henry Waxman's (D-CA) leadership in introducing the Safe Climate Act to fight global warming pollution. For the second Congress in a row, Chairman Waxman has introduced the strongest global warming bill in the House. His bill, cosponsored by more than 125 members of the House, would place the United States on the path to reducing our emissions to the level scientists say is critical if we are to stabilize our climate and avoid catastrophic impacts from global warming."
Looking for an interesting video of a House Oversight Committee hearing to illustrate how Waxman gets down is just as much fun as it sounds. All the videos of Waxman are basically him going, "why can't you jackasses remember anything?" because for several years no one who worked in government could remember anything at all. This video is good though. Keep your eyes out for 2:10 in when Waxman goes completely insane and just about threatens to beat Darrell Issa bloody with his gavel.