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Critics Decry 'Toothless' House Climate Panel, But Hill Veterans Push Back

January 8, 2019
Some environmentalists are charging that a new House select committee on climate change is “toothless” because it lacks legislative jurisdiction and subpoena power, though the incoming panel chairman and other observers reject this criticism by arguing the panel will work with established committees to boost attention to climate change. The dynamic illustrates progressive pressure on Democratic leadership to craft an aggressive climate agenda, with a new wave of climate advocates impatient about the lack of legislative progress on the issue...

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