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President unlikely to get support from Congress on climate change

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U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) doesn't expect Congress to move ahead with climate change legislation in the second Obama administration.

In his second inaugural address, President Obama promised to “respond” to the threat of climate change, saying the failure to do so would betray future generations.

"Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science," said the president, "but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires and crippling drought and more powerful storms." 

But President Obama shouldn’t expect any comprehensive legislation from Capitol Hill.

During his first two years on office, the then-Democratically-led House passed a cap and trade bill to reduce greenhouse gasses. The measure died in the Senate.

California Democrat Barbara Boxer doesn’t doubt the President will use his bully pulpit to push for action on climate change. But the chair of the Senate Public Works and Environment committee says don’t look for sweeping legislation to reduce greenhouse gases.


Hotly contested political races on Capitol Hill

US Representative Dana Rohrabacher

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U.S. Representative Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) has his eye on the chairmanship of the House Science Committee.

It's election season in Congressional districts all over California where 53 seats are up for grabs. But some of those lawmakers are also scrambling for votes 3.000 miles away in Washington, DC.  They're trying to move up the leadership ladder.

California loses one powerful Republican leader next year when Rules Committee Chairman David Dreier retires. As a number of other House members step down, run for another office, or are defeated in the general election, several top jobs at House committees are opening up.

A pair of Orange County Congressmen are putting their names forward as committee chairmen, should the GOP retain control of the House.

Dana Rohrabacher of Huntington Beach has a great interest in international affairs.  He's been critical of Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, saying he heads "a corrupt clique."  President Karzai doesn't much like Representative Rohrabacher: he denied him entry to Afghanistan recently.