Thursday, January 08, 2009

Edward Markey to Energy and Environment

House Holds Hearing Future Oil 8AqXqQ-4irIl Here’s some news from The Boston Globe that might cause, well, mixed feelings:

Representative Edward Markey today will be awarded a key energy and environment leadership post in the House, a move that will make the Malden Democrat one of the most powerful players on Capitol Hill on an issue central to president-elect Obama's first-term agenda.

Markey, a 17-term congressman with a strong record against nuclear power and for more fuel-efficient cars, will be named chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's subcommittee on Energy and the Environment, lawmakers and Democratic leadership staff confirmed to the Globe. Markey already chairs the separate House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, a new panel that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi created in early 2007.

Well, you can’t have your best friends everywhere you want them. We rather preferred Markey (D-Mass.) over at telecommunications where his stance on net neutrality – he’s for it - suited us fine. (He swapped chairs with Rick Boucher (D-Va.), who’s also for it.)

As for nuclear energy, we think the atomic genie’s out of the bottle, but we’ll keep an eye on Markey and any corks he may have in his pockets. He may well surprise us.

Rep. Markey himself. We have to admit, we can’t resist politician pointing pictures, but heck, there’s so many of them.

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