by Eric Martin
Yet one more cause for election-related celebrations:
Rep. Henry Waxman unseated fellow veteran Democratic lawmaker John Dingell on Thursday to become chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives powerful Energy and Commerce Committee.
The 255-House Democratic conference voted 137 to 122 to accept the recommendation of its steering committee and agreed to replace Dingell, 82, a long-time friend of the U.S. auto industry, with Waxman, a 69-year-old Californian anxious to ease global warming, a top concern of U.S. President-elect Barack Obama.
The willingness to address the global warming crisis could be the single most important change ushered in by the Obama administration - and now with Waxman taking over from Dingell, the prospects for real action just got that much closer to realization.
The global warming crisis, in many ways, could end up eclipsing all others. To put it in simple terms, without a habitable planet (or with one in which resources and other necessities are made so scarce as to incite armed conflicts in competition for same), the rest of our concerns kind of shrink in comparison. Bush's gross negligence in confronting this issue might be the most damning of his long list of failures.
Let's hope I'm being alarmist.