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Speaker Nancy Pelosi built out the Democratic roster for her special select panel on climate change, pulling from a mix of old and new lawmakers but leaving off the highest profile freshmen like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). The names, which arrive on the same day as the proposal for the lofty Green New Deal lands on Capitol Hill, further boosts energy behind Democratic efforts to bring climate change to forefront of their agenda. "This new Select Committee will spearhead Democrats’ work to develop innovative, effective solutions to prevent and reverse the climate crisis,” Pelosi said in a statement. "It will generate the energy and action required to permanently reduce pollution so that we can honor our responsibility to be good stewards of the planet for future generations." The Democratic members of the panel are Reps. Ben Ray Luján (N.M.), Suzanne Bonamici (Ore.), Julia Brownley (Calif.), Sean Casten (Ill.), Jared Huffman (Calif.), Mike Levin (Calif.), Donald McEachin (Va.) and Joe Neguse (Colo.). Rep. Kathy Castor (Fla.) will chair the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, which Pelosi reestablished this Congress. Article originally published on POLITICO Magazine