After the House Energy and Commerce committee's April hearings on its climate and energy bill, the markup phase was delayed for weeks. Perhaps the committee was nursing the stings and pelts from skeptical Republicans and agnostic coal-state Democrats about global warming. Today, the committee finally announced a new dawn for the bill:

The Committee on Energy and Commerce will meet in open markup session on Monday, May 18, 2009, at 1:00 p.m., and subsequent days as necessary, in room 2123 Rayburn House Office Building, to consider the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009.

We can only hope that the many members of Congress who still don't know what "cap and trade" means, or who were fooled into believing the White House opposes it, won't do even more damage.

-- Brentin Mock

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