January 24th, 2013

U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa has been granted permission to serve on a fifth House subcommittee.

In a news release Thursday, Hanabusa’s office says House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.,  approved a waiver allowing the exception to the Democratic caucus rule limiting members to four subcommittees.

Her latest assignment is to the Natural Resources Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, which oversees U.S. energy production and development on federal lands, including measures affecting geothermal and natural gas resources.

Hanabusa is the ranking member of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs, and serves on the Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation. She also serves on the House Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Readiness, and Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces.

Said Hanabusa, in a statement:

“I want to thank Leader Pelosi for allowing me to do more for Hawaii and our nation. This is an opportunity to bring an additional dimension to how we view natural resources issues facing our state. It gives us a voice in areas critical to our future. …

“The Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee will have an impact on renewable and alternative energy development; job creation and economic development; and environmental protection, all areas that are vital for Hawaii. The subcommittee’s work will have an impact far into the future and calls on us to take the long view today. I am proud that I will be able to represent our state’s interests in those conversations.”

5 Responses to “Fifth”

  1. Kolea:

    Here are my concerns. The Alaska Senate delegation went out of their way to say they would continue to look out for Hawaii’s interests, even though both Senator Stevens and Inouye have died. So other than friendship, what is that relationship based on? In part, Hawaii has supported drilling in the Alaskan wilderness areas, despite serious objections from environmentalists and some indigenous Alaskans. And despite a generally good record on supporting conservation policies.

    It appears this deal might continue. Representative Hanabusa’s push to get on this new subcommittee may be more important as a means to develop oil reserves in Alaska than a more parochial interest in geothermal. I suggest we wait and watch to see if she, and others in the delegation, break from their generally pro-environmental stands in order to placate the oil giants and their servants in the Alaskan delegation. I hope my skepticism is unfounded. Time will tell.

  2. Especially Incognito:

    Hannabusa takes the fifth and says nothing,
    can or will do nothing.

    Hannabusa being junior in status, acting senior,
    will just be another Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington.

    Her main concern should be before her time is up,
    Can I get re-elected?

  3. Chicken Grease:

    January 24th, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    In part, Hawaii has supported drilling in the Alaskan wilderness areas, despite serious objections from environmentalists and some indigenous Alaskans.

    Can we not forget why the United States made Alaska the 49th state? Russia would be even more oil rich (believe it: the drilling there under the auspices of the United States means that there ARE environmentalists and some indigenous Alaskans, which would have both been driven out had the Russkies done a Red Dawn (original film) o’there.

    Drill, baby, drill. Especially when this smelly ponytailed clean energy myth doesn’t seem to be making any waves.

    And just what happened to all those “plentiful” GREEN jobs that was supposed to happen? Well, heh, a type of “job” happened to those jobs. Green Lantern movie came out way after “green jobs” went kaput. Only green job is the Green Lantern Corps, seems.

    Gimme my high powered best-thing-out-of-the-1970s-other-than-disco gas guzzler, ‘pon which I can work on over a Saturday afternoon and smell the gasoline burn as I burn that road :P . Life is to live, da/nit!!!

    # # #

  4. ohiaforest3400:

    Interesting, Kolea.

    Since Hanabusa was already serving on subcommittees with juriusdiction over native, environmental, and public land issues, I think your concerns would exist whether Hanabusa got the fifth subcommittee assignment or not. So maybe this just gave you a chance to voice them.

    As to the specific issue of the fifth subcommittee, I see it as angling for leverage in the next election, and not necessarily in a bad way. Believe me, I’ve had my issues with her over the years, but the woman works harder and smarter than any politician I know, and that includes the rest of the current delegation lineup. Part of that may, indeed, include what we might consider untoward bargains on, for example, north slope drilling. Too soon to say so, as you put it, time will tell.

  5. Ella:

    The Hawaii-Alaska cooperation goes back to 1959, when Hawaii and Alaska went into the Union sorta linked. As you will recall, Hawaii was supposed to be the 49th State, but deferred to Alaska, and with the non-contiguous argument gone, became the 50th State.

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