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Nancy Pelosi Just Revealed the Provocative New Name of Democrats' New House Committee on Climate Change, and People Are So Here For It

Nancy Pelosi Just Revealed the Provocative New Name of Democrats' New House Committee on Climate Change, and People Are So Here For It
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 06: U.S. House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during her weekly news conference December 6, 2018 in Washington, DC. Pelosi held her weekly news conference to answer questions from members of the media. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Words matter.

Incoming Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Friday announced the creation of a new Congressional panel dedicated to tackling the accelerating threat of climate change.

The Select Committee on the Climate Crisis will be chaired by Congresswoman Kathy Castor (D-FL), Pelosi wrote on Twitter.

"It is with great enthusiasm that I appoint as the Chair of our new Select Committee on the Climate Crisis," Pelosi tweeted. "We know she will bring great experience, energy & urgency to confronting this existential threat."

In a statement, Pelosi lauded Castor as "a proven champion for public health and green infrastructure, who deeply understands the scope and seriousness of this threat."

Castor's "experience, energy, and urgency to the existential threat of the climate crisis... will be critical," Pelosi said, in getting Congress "to respond to the urgency of this threat, while creating the good-paying, green jobs of the future."

Pelosi emphasized the need to protect public health "by reducing air pollution, create jobs by making America preeminent in green technologies, defend our national security by preventing climate-driven instability and uphold our sacred moral responsibility to leave a healthy, sustainable future for generations to come.”

You can read Pelosi's full statement here.

The committee's name is generating quite a bit of excitement... and urgency.

The change reflects a need for immediate action that some have been supporting for years.

Finally, Congress may be taking meaningful steps to address the threat posed by the global climate crisis.

Twitter approves of Pelosi's Castor pick.

Like any new endeavor on Capitol Hill, however, Pelosi's move is not without some controversy.

Some are wondering about the fate of the "Green New Deal," which has been proposed by Congressional freshman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14), a rising star on the left.

Representatives that have ties to big oil will be allowed to serve on the committee, which does not sit well with environmental defenders.

Others want Ocasio-Cortez on the committee too.

Earlier this month, Castor assured liberals that the committee "is in the spirit of the Green New Deal." She told The Hill: "There’s some fabulous proposals in the Green New Deal, and I’m excited about all that. You may see some similar language. Clearly, the focuses are going to be the same."

Castor also said that "the committee should have legislative authority and should have subpoena power" and that the committee's authority "has been negotiated with the standing committee chairs, and we’re going to work together.”

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