HOUSE-WARMING PARTY… Rep. Richard Pombo (R-Calif), chair of the House Resources Committee, raised eyebrows in April with his committee’s “Earth Day” web page:

The “sky is falling” sensationalism of environmental activists lead people to falsely believe that our environment is getting worse when it’s actually getting better…

This website provides information on the great environmental successes we have achieved over the last several decades, information to “debunk” the myths, and data on how the environmental movement in the U.S. has truly lost its way.

GOP staffers are gatekeepers for the committee web site and meeting rooms. Don’t think they don’t understand hospitality. Quite the contrary.

Today the libertarian Competitive Enterprise Institute, creators of an ongoing ad campaign against “global-warming alarmism,” ran a briefing for media and Hill staffers on the “collapse” of the Kyoto Protocol out of the House Resource Committee’s hearing room. Nice digs. Framed oil paintings of frontier scenes, buffalos, and American Indians on the walls.

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Christina Larson is a Washington Monthly contributing editor and an award-winning science and environment journalist who has reported from five continents.