John Dingell

Waxman-dingell: The End Is Nigh
November 18, 2008

House Democrats are likely to vote this week on whether John Dingell or Henry Waxman should chair the House Energy and Commerce Committee. We've covered this dispute here and here, but here are two more links for junkies: First, Politico has a good piece today on how both congressmen have tried to cultivate their younger and more vulnerable colleagues. On the surface, it looks like Dingell's done a more thorough job of it, giving nearly five times as much to the DCCC and tossing more money at Democrats in competitive districts.

Why The Dingell-waxman Dispute Matters
November 09, 2008

So who will be chairing the House Energy and Commerce Committee when January rolls around? It's unclear. John Dingell and Henry Waxman are both claiming they have enough support. As E&E Daily reports, Waxman's backers are pointing to the 152 House Democrats who signed a letter last month calling for steeper cuts in greenhouse-gas emissions than those proposed by Dingell and Virginia congressman Rick Boucher.

Waxman Vs. Dingell, Round... Oh, We Lost Count
November 06, 2008

Only two days after the election and already the daggers are drawn: Henry Waxman's going to challenge John Dingell for the chairmanship of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Why? Well, Waxman is considerably more aggressive about tackling greenhouse-gas emissions than Dingell, who, after all, represents automakers in Detroit and has long taken a more leisurely approach to climate legislation.

Reactionary Democrats
July 21, 2007

I agree with MoveOn, or at least I agree with MoveOn that Congressman John Dingell (Dem., Mich.) is a "dinosaur." Or a "dingellsaurus," as the organization puts it. But he is not fossil. He is very much alive, and it is as chairman of the House Energy and Commerce committee that he does his malicious mischief. As today's Times points out, "Mr. Dingell's committee has approved a measure that omits any change in fuel-economy requirements." He is a big fan of big cars that use lots of oil. After all, he represents Michigan where, well, SUVs are made. This is no Republican.

What's Dingell Up To?

This is pretty deep in the weeds, but Dave Roberts and Brian Beutler are trying to figure out what John Dingell's up to with his new carbon-tax proposal. Is he trying to squelch the idea once and for all by throwing it out there and watching the the public recoil in horror, at which point he'll pronounce drastic emissions cuts politically impossible? Or is this his subtle way of telling liberal Dems to either put up or shut up about his committee being too meek on global warming? I don't know what he's thinking. Dave makes a good case for the latter.

Climate Sausage

In the current TNR, Eve has a fantastic article about how John Dingell, chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, became the bête noire of greens everywhere. Unexpectedly, though, Dingell just pledged to craft a bill by the fall that would require an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. He's also made vague, very vague, noises about a carbon tax.

Unity At Last?

There have been a bunch of stories lately about how Democrats in the House were all in disarray over energy legislation. It seemed that John Dingell (D-Cars) and Rick Boucher (D-Coal) were planning to craft a not-so-green bill that would toss money at coal-to-liquid fuels (the biggest boondoggle of them all), put in place weak fuel-economy standards, and override California's newly proposed tailpipe-emissions rules. Not surprisingly, all the other Dems on the committee started rioting--or at least writing angry letters.

Heating Bills
January 19, 2007

Right after the mid-terms, I wrote a churlish little piece for TNR predicting that John Dingell, the incoming chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, would pose an obstacle for Democrats trying to do something about global warming. That's partly because he's always been skeptical about emissions controls, especially on automobiles (hey, he represents Dearborn!).

Hot House
November 21, 2006

"Time is running out, and we need to move forward on this," Senator Barbara Boxer declared in a conference call with reporters last week, referring to global warming. The California Democrat will take over as chair of the Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee in January, and she has already vowed to make climate change a top priority, reversing a decade of inaction by congressional Republicans.

Drug Use
July 08, 2002

The prescription-drug debate has returned to Capitol Hill, and, depressingly, things have picked up pretty much where they left off before the last election. Last week, after House Republicans advanced an unrealistically thin $350 billion plan to subsidize drug costs for the elderly, Democrats pounced. House Democratic Leader Richard Gephardt doubted that "anyone can take Republican claims seriously" and flayed the GOP's "sham bill." In the party's weekly radio address, Michigan Democrat John Dingell mocked the Republicans' "phantom benefit" and compared GOP leaders to shady car dealers.