by Axios | 12.21.18
Why it matters: It's a tangible sign of the committee's makeup and direction. Castor represents a state and a region on the front lines of the effects of climate change, which is causing sea-level rise and more intense storms.
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi's office declined comment.
"We need to raise the profile of the climate crisis. People are demanding action and don't understand why we're not leading the world on climate change innovation."
Rep. Kathy Castor
The intrigue: Castor, first elected in 2006, has a 93% rating from the League of Conservation Voters.
But her remarks to E&E News rankled activists pushing Democrats to adopt Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's plan for a Select Committee on a Green New Deal. They envision the panel writing a sweeping climate, energy and economic legislative proposal that's ready for launch in 2020.
What they're saying: "Without a mandate to create a plan and a requirement that its members don’t take fossil fuel money, we are deeply concerned that this committee will be just another of the many committees we’ve seen failing our generation our entire lives," said Varshini Prakash, co-founder of the Sunrise Movement that's pushing Ocasio-Cortez's plan.
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