appointed to exclusive climate change panel
March 9, 2007
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Greg Walden
(R-Ore.) today announced that he has accepted
an appointment from House Minority Leader John
Boehner to serve on the new Select Committee
on Energy Independence and Global Warming.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently announced
the creation the special new panel, and
yesterday the House approved its
establishment. Nine Democrats and six
Republicans will serve on it.
"It will be an honor to sit on a panel that
will hopefully investigate the many differing
points of view and scientific findings on what
is exactly affecting climate change," Walden
said. "Global temperatures have risen, no
doubt. We have thermometers that can measure
these things with accuracy. The challenge we
face is to determine exactly the role nature
and other countries play, and what we as
humans can do about it to positively curtail
negative trends. Climate change is a critical
and complicated issue with many aspects to it,
and I'm eager for this new panel to pursue
them in depth."
"Congressman Walden is uniquely qualified
given the expertise he's gained during his
service on the Energy and Commerce Committee
and the Resources Committee," Boehner said.
"Greg is an intelligent, hard-working
legislator who has a strong record of driving
bipartisan conservation initiatives."
Walden represents one of the most heavily
forested Congressional districts in the
country, and understands that healthy forests
are an important tool in reducing atmospheric
carbon dioxide. According to the Oregon Forest
Resources Institute, the 2003 B&B Complex fire
near Sisters emitted more than double the
amount of carbon into the atmosphere than all
other Oregon emission sources that year
"Scientific studies are confirming what
commonsense tells us; well-managed, healthy
forests run a lower risk of burning up in a
catastrophic, highly polluting, wildfire.
Responsible forest stewardship, both here in
the United States and in other nations around
the world, naturally lessens the amount of
greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere,"
Walden is also vice chair of the bipartisan
House Renewable Energy Caucus and co-chair of
the bipartisan House Northwest Energy Caucus.
The Pacific Northwest is a leader in the
production and use of renewable energy and
alternative fuels. Walden has been a leading
advocate in the House to further develop
alternative energy sources, promote the use of
hybrid vehicles and invest in new
technological advances. He has consistently
voted to extend or increase tax credits to
advance wind, solar, geothermal and biomass
Congressman Walden represents 20 counties
in central, southern and eastern Oregon. He is
a Deputy Whip in the House Leadership
Structure and a member of the Committee on
Energy and Commerce.