Lawmakers are elected to create policies and vote them into law.

Lawmakers who have no idea what they are doing create commissions to come up with those policies, which has the added benefit of shifting blame for unpopular ideas that lead to failure.

Which is probably why U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette introduced a bill this week to create a commission to develop an energy policy for the U.S.

At least, she’s calling it an energy policy, but what it really does, is this:

“And most experts agree that to tackle climate change, we need to embrace new approaches. This bill will help unify efforts to shape the future of national and global energy policy.”

Thanks goodness lawmakers never thought of this approach back in the 1970s when we were all doomed by the impending ice age.

On the bright side, we expect nothing to come of her proposal, other than an election-year boast.