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Speaker Pelosi sets aside differences with congressman wary of global warming panel

Speaker Pelosi sets aside differences with congressman wary of global warming panel

Bonding over cars, the leader of the House of Representatives set aside her differences with a veteran House committee chairman whom she bypassed to create a panel on global warming.
Touring the Washington Auto Show on Wednesday, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman John Dingell said he and Speaker Nancy Pelosi were "not here to talk about differences."
"We're good friends, and we're working together to solve the problems, and we will continue to do so," said Dingell, a Democrat, the House's longest-serving member and an auto industry stalwart from Michigan, the home of the U.S. auto industry.
Democrat Pelosi announced plans last week to create a special committee to examine global warming and produce a bill by July 4, American Independence Day. Existing committees that deal with energy, environment and technology would be asked to draft bills based on the global warming committee's recommendations.
Dingell expressed disdain over formation of the environmental panel, which will deal with a subject that has been under his committee's jurisdiction. He said last week that they were "just empowering a bunch of enthusiastic amateurs to go around and make speeches and make commitments that will be very difficult to honor."
The tough talk was replaced by smiles and an invitation to the auto show.
The lawmakers, who pulled into one of the car exhibits on a golf cart, got a close look at alternative vehicles built by Detroit's automakers: the Saturn Vue Greenline hybrid, made by General Motors Corp.; a Ford Escape hybrid, which operates on E85, an ethanol blend; and a Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel.
Pelosi said she was "honored by the invitation by the distinguished chairman to come to the auto show, and I'm enjoying it very much."
Rep. John Boehner, leader of the House's Republican minority, has indicated that he would urge Republicans to vote against creating the committee, which he said is unneeded.
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Associated Press writer Erica Werner contributed to this report.


Updated : 2021-05-13 14:20 GMT+08:00