The House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis was formed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi in 2019 under pressure from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and two Marxist groups known as the Sunrise Movement and the Justice Democrats. However, the purpose of the committee is not to deal with an alleged climate crisis, but rather promote a far left social agenda.
The new committee is responsible for creating a plan with draft legislation by January 1, 2020. It has absolutely no chance of becoming law before the 2020 presidential election without a presidential signature and approval of the Republican Senate. The Green New Deal was introduced as H.Res.109 on February 7, 2019 by Ocasio-Cortez and 84 Democrat co-sponsors.
There are numerous states whose state budgets are dependent on fossil fuels, and Democrats in both houses who take money from the fossil fuel industry who will never vote for the legislation.
The Committee and proposal are entirely a tax-payer funded exercise in futility, designed to manufacture a crisis and create a tax-payer funded recruitment drive for the environmental and anti-capitalist movements.
Scope and mandate
"The select committee shall have authority to develop a detailed national, industrial, economic mobilization plan for the transition of the United States economy to become greenhouse gas emissions neutral and to significantly draw down greenhouse gases from the atmosphere and oceans and to promote economic and environmental justice and equality."The Green New Deal advances non-environmental projects, such as, poverty:
"The Plan for a Green New Deal (and the draft legislation) shall recognize that a national, industrial, economic mobilization of this scope and scale is a historic opportunity to virtually eliminate poverty in the United States and to make prosperity, wealth and economic security available to everyone participating in the transformation."
Select committees typically have subpoena power. Members could presumably wield subpoenas to investigate oil and gas companies. No sooner than the vote for Speaker was taken, Pelosi's flunky Steny Hoyer moved to strip the new select committee's subpoena power. Hoyer has accepted more than a quarter of a million dollars from the fossil fuel industry.
Without subpoena power, the Committee on the Crisis is effectively toothless, revealing how much of a crisis Democratic Congressional leadership considers global warming to be. The committee can only propose 'solutions'. Democratic senior leadership basically gave the kiddies a sandbox to play in while the kiddies await coming of age and the retirement of Senior Democratic leadership.
House Oversight Committee
With the future of the planet hanging in the balance, and the clock running with only 12 years to fix it, the House Oversight Subcommittee scheduled a hearing on February 27, 2019 with the intent to target climate change deniers called: “The Denial Playbook”.
A panel was set to deliver testimonials and statements to advance the priorities of the Democrat congressional team selling the Green New Deal; only two Democrats showed up for the hearing.