Example of the difference Democrats can make

 

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Congress set to take a new view of global warming

By Edward Luce

Published: November 18 2006 02:00 | Last updated: November 18 2006 02:00

Nowhere is the shift of control in last week’s US elections more dramatic than in the influential Senate environment committee.

For the last four years, James Inhofe, the outgoing Republican chairman, has blocked any attempts to address global warming, describing man-made climate change as the greatest “hoax” ever practised on the American people

In contrast, his successor, Senator Barbara Boxer, a Democrat from California, said this week tackling global warming would be her top priority.

“The only thing James Inhofe and Barbara Boxer have in common is that they are human beings,” said Anna Aurilio, director of the Washington Public Interest Research Group, an advocacy outfit. “On global warming, Senator Boxer is the most passionate figure on Capitol Hill.”

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