Democrats have apparently realized both the visibility and effect of the U.S. Senate’s first-ever committee blog, started by the incoming Republican minority last December.
Created by the ranking staff of the Environment & Public Works Committee (EPW), the blog has made so many waves since its inception, particularly on the subject of “global warming,” that it has become a basis for debate everywhere from CNN to the pages of the Wall Street Journal.
“Now, the EPW Committee makes history again, this time for being the first Senate committee to feature dueling Republican and Democrat blogs,” says Marc Morano, communications director for the committee’s ranking Republican member, Sen. James M. Inhofe of Oklahoma.
For her blogging debut, the Democratic committee chairwoman, Sen. Barbara Boxer of California, writes about Greenland’s melting ice. Or is it getting thicker? You’ll now discover arguments on both sides in the committee Web site at http://epw.senate.gov/[R]public/.
“For the past seven months, we [. . . ] have eagerly awaited our friends on the other side of the aisle joining us in the blogosphere,” says Mr. Morano, adding: “We knew they wouldn’t let us have the blogosphere all to ourselves for too long.”
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