When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) formed the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming in early 2007, her intent was to let the body draw attention to the two issues in the Committee's name. The Committee might not have the teeth it needs to enforce anything, but it can certainly turn the cameras on the energy issues of the day.
Speaking of which, why not tune into the Committee's website right about now to watch Chairman Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and others question senior executives from the five main oil companies: Exxon Mobil Corp., Shell Oil Company, BP America, Inc., Chevron, ConocoPhillips. They might not be as suave looking as Rob Lowe, but I'm sure it'll make for interesting viewing, since the topics will include just why these companies need tax breaks when they're making record profits (the five made $100b in profits in 2007, FYI). We'll be keeping an eye on what goes down, as well.

[Source: House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming]


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