On Jan. 18, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced a new Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming. This non-legislative panel will focus on raising public knowledge of global warming and climate change. Widely interpreted as a challenge to House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman John Dingell (D-MI), Pelosi called on several House committee chairs who write energy, environment, and technology policy to report legislation by June 2007. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairwoman of the Senate Energy and Public Works Committee, heard from several of her Senate colleagues on Jan. 30 during the Committee's first hearing regarding global climate change.