- The Washington Times - Saturday, December 29, 2018

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s plan for a new “Climate Cris” panel didn’t go over well with all of her political allies, particularly staffers for newly elected Ne w York Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

The California Democrat, who is poised regain her House Speaker role in the near year, championed a new “Select Committee on the Climate Crisis” on Friday, but her younger and more progressive counterparts were not impressed.

“This committee, if it turns out that the rumors about it are true, sounds about as useful as a screen door on a submarine,” said Corbin Trent, a spokesman for Rep.-elect Ocasio-Cortez, The Hill reported Friday. “As it’s portrayed it’s going to be completely incapable of solving the greatest threat to humankind.”

Mrs. Pelosi’s office announced that Rep. Kathy Castor of Florida would chair the committee and bring “urgency to the existential threat of the climate crisis.”

“The American people have demanded action to combat the climate crisis, which threatens our public health, our economy, our national security and the whole of God’s creation,” the Democrat’s statement reads.

Mr. Trent said senior lawmakers are failing to respond to the concerns of Green New Deal backers.

“Leadership, in general, is about listening to the voices of the people you’re supposed to be leading and I don’t believe this process incorporated that very effectively,” Mr. Trent said.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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