Top Republican on Senate panel vows to block Bryson 

The top Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee vowed Tuesday to block President Obama's nomination of John Bryson to be the next commerce secretary.

"By selecting John Bryson to head the Department of Commerce, President Obama is clearly demonstrating that he has no intention of backing down from his job-killing agenda," Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., said Tuesday.  

Bryson is a co-founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental group that advocates for green energy that Inhofe labeled as "radical." Inhofe also noted that Bryson referred to a House bill to cap carbon emissions "moderate" and pointed out that Bryson is a member of a United Nations advisory group on climate change.

Inhofe has been critical of the science behind global warming and has called it a hoax.

"I will be working actively to defeat this nomination," Inhofe said.

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