Republicans Nix Global Warming Committee

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A better location than Copenhagen in December

The U.N. Cancun climate change conference convened on Monday, and on Wednesday the Republican leadership decided to get rid of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming created by soon-to-be-former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in 2007. Politico reports:

Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) made official what many had already expected – the GOP majority will axe the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, which Pelosi created in 2007.

"This hearing will be the last of the select committee," Sensenbrenner announced.

Republicans intend to investigate climate change issues at the Energy and Commerce Committee where chairmanship is hotly contested among Rep. Joe Barton (Tex.), Rep. Fred Upton (Mich.), Rep. John Shimkus (Ill.) and Rep. Cliff Stearns (Fla.).

Note: I will be covering the Cancun climate change conference beginning next week.