House GOP to Scrap Pelosi's "Select Committee on Global Warming"

The incoming House GOP Majority has decided to scrap the Select Committee on Global Warming, initiated by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) when Democrats seized control of the House in 2006.

From Boehner spokesman Mike Steel: "We have pledged to save taxpayers' money by reducing waste and duplication in Congress. The Select Committee on Global Warming - which was created to provide a political forum to promote Washington Democrats' job-killing national energy tax - was a clear example, and it will not continue in the 112th Congress."

Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, (R-Wis.), was the top Republican on the panel. Sensenbrenner is skeptical of climate change. But he made a case to incoming House Speaker John Boehner, (R-Ohio), to maintain the panel as a check on the Obama Administration's energy policies.

The committee was a key player in the so-called "Cap and Trade" climate bill that the House adopted in June, 2009. The measure died in the Senate.