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Waxman Supplants Dingell for Energy Chair

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Yesterday, the Democratic House Caucus removed the House’s longest serving member, John Dingell of Michigan, from the chairmanship of the Energy and Commerce Committee. He was replaced by Henry Waxman of California. In an editorial, the Wall Street Journal explains what this means for the Democrats.

Of significance, Dingell represents Detroit and has been an opponent of fuel efficiency standards and carbon regulations, arguing the burden of those laws fall on the people of the Midwest and would kill jobs and ways of life. Waxman, on the other hand, represents Beverly Hills and is lockstep in line with the modern liberal agenda.

The Journal, unsurprisingly, sees the ouster of Dingell as a disaster that portends an era of liberal overreach and pay-for-play corruption. But all the Waxman ascendancy really reveals — at least at this juncture — is that Democrats will undoubtedly make climate-change legislation a top agenda item. They didn’t want one of their own obstructing efforts the party has been actively supporting and promoting for the last few election cycles.

Whether or not the climate change regulations do more harm than good, remains to be seen. And while Waxman is a bitter partisan and by no means my favorite representative, I’m unaware of any evidence that he is any more or less corrupt than any other politician.

Right now, the only thing we can be sure of is that we’ll be hearing Waxman’s name a lot more in the coming years — and Dingell’s name a lot less.