- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 16, 2007

The Gore policy

Al Gore is coming to Capitol Hill.

“Looks like the Democrats are starting their climate-change policy off with a bang,” says one Washington insider, forwarding the invitation sent to Mr. Gore in recent days by Michigan Democratic Rep. John D. Dingell, chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, and Virginia Democratic Rep. Rick Boucher, chairman of the subcommittee on energy and air quality.

“Dear Mr. Vice President,” the letter begins. “One of the most important matters before the 110th Congress is the issue of climate change. Throughout your distinguished career in public office, and since your return to private life, you have been a leader on scientific, environmental, and energy policy matters.

“In particular, the publication of your book ‘An Inconvenient Truth,’ and your movie of the same name … have helped to bring it to the attention of the American public. We are writing to invite you to appear before the members of the Committee on Energy and Commerce as we launch an in-depth examination of climate change that we hope will lead to the enactment of legislation in the 110th Congress.”

Indeed, add the congressmen: “We can think of no better way to begin the committee’s consideration of climate-change policy than to hear from you.”

See Dick run

Be careful what you write in your grade-school term papers. You never know who will be reading them in 50 years.

Harry S. Truman’s middle-school report about “courage,” Richard M. Nixon’s 8th-grade autobiography, Lyndon B. Johnson’s and Jimmy Carter’s report cards and childhood scrapbooks and letters revealing what future presidents really thought of their teachers — all of these items and others are about to go on display in a unique National Archives exhibition.

“School House to White House: The Education of the Presidents” opens Friday, March 30 — just in time for spring break. Children can now point out to their moms that John F. Kennedy was allowed to skip 65 days in kindergarten, and yet he still grew up to be president.

Felix and Oscar

House Republican leader John A. Boehner of Ohio and Democratic Sen. EdwardM. Kennedy of Massachusetts are the advertised pair of featured speakers for the 63rd annual Congressional Dinner, sponsored by the Washington Press Club Foundation.

Master of ceremonies for the Feb. 6 affair, to be held at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, will be CBS newsman and moderator of “Face the Nation” Bob Schieffer.

Tick-tock

For the first time since the September 11 attacks, the hands of the so-called “Doomsday Clock” will be moved today to reflect worsening threats to the world — nuclear and, for the first time, climatic.

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS) will move the minute hand of the clock amid concerns about nuclear ambitions of Iran and North Korea, unsecured nuclear materials in Russia and elsewhere, the continuing “launch-ready” status of 2,000 nuclear weapons held by the U.S. and Russia, escalating terrorism, and new pressure from climate change for expanded civilian nuclear power that could increase proliferation risks.

Available space

It’s been eight months since the retirement of NASA astronaut Eileen Collins, and yet no women are lining up to take her place in space.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has posted an inhouse interview with Mrs. Collins, in which she expresses confusion over the lack of women entering the space program.

“We haven’t hired any women pilots since 1995, and I’m wondering where they are,” Mrs. Collins says. “I know there are qualified women out there who would love to do this job, and I encourage them to look at this job and to realize that I have had an extremely rewarding career with a lot of flexibility.

“I’m married. I’ve had two children while I was in the astronaut office. In the 16 years I was here, I’ve flown four missions and had two children, and I’ve been able to do that without too much heartache.”

Mrs. Collins said she had wanted to be an astronaut since the fourth grade, when she read a Junior Scholastic Magazine article on the space program.

NASA points out that the second female shuttle commander, Pam Melroy, is scheduled for a space flight this year, “but she’s the only woman pilot still in the program.”

John McCaslin, whose column is nationally syndicated, can be reached at 202/636-3284 or jmccaslin@washingtontimes.com.

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