I post that title with no shame and only the slightest sense of irony. After nearly 30 Years of environmental obfuscation by a Democratic congressman, the auto industry in the United States will finally have to be an environmentally responsible member of the most polluting civilization in the history of our species.
Democrats Oust Longtime Leader of House Panel
WASHINGTON — Representative Henry A. Waxman wrested the chairmanship of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee from Representative John D. Dingell on Thursday in a coup that is expected to accelerate passage of energy, climate and health legislation backed by President-elect Barack Obama.
...Mr. Dingell has been the top Democrat on the committee since 1981 and has been in Congress since 1955, winning the seat in a special election after his father died in office. In February, Mr. Dingell will become the longest-serving member in the history of the House. He is married to Deborah Insley Dingell, a longtime senior executive at the General Motors Corporation.
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Now the government just has to be realistic about calling on the membership of the U.A.W. to face their own, equal tonnage of responsibility for the sorry state of the Big 3 US auto makers and the Nation Intelligence Council's recent (and likely accurate) assertions that the power and influence of the U.S. is on the wane, and we may actually be seeing the world stage set for a renaissance of (heheh) Biblical proportions for my country.
As I'm always saying, though, we'll be to see.