The U.S. House of Representatives is dominated by conservative republicans. Some are tea party conservatives, some are slightly more moderate corporate conservatives. The committee chairs are all republicans.
Representative Lamar Smith (R) Texas, is a climate denier. He chairs the House Science Committee.
|Rep. Lamar Smith (R) Texas|
The newly appointed chair of the Environment Sub-Committee is Representative David Schweikert (R), Arizona, also an ardent climate denier.
|David Schweikert (R), Arizona|
Together, these two obstructionist politicians have a huge influence on how our country deals with energy and climate. In fact, they deliver exactly the kind of feckless federal policy the Koch Brothers and Exxon Mobil want. Is it any wonder why we can't get our act together on climate change?