Edging Away From Inner Circle, Pelosi Asserts Authority

‘In February, only a month after becoming speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi settled weeks of threats from Rep. John D. Dingell, her blustery Energy and Commerce Committee chairman, by putting in writing her assent to one of his big demands — Pelosi’s new Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming would not infringe on his power to write legislation as he saw fit.

‘Four months later, Dingell (D-Mich.) appeared in the speaker’s conference room to walk through a bill that would override California’s attempts to combat global warming by raising fuel efficiency standards, strip the Environmental Protection Agency of its authority to regulate greenhouse gases and promote a controversial effort to turn coal into liquid fuel.’ (Washington Post article).