Senator Boxer: Senate Must Act Now to Combat Global Warming
Friday, December 11, 2009
This week, after a thorough examination of the scientific evidence, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that greenhouse gases threaten the public health and welfare of the American people.
This endangerment finding is a key milestone in EPA’s efforts address global warming pollution under the Clean Air Act. It confirms what we have been told by America’s top scientists and leading scientists of the world – that unchecked global warming is perilous to human health and our environment.
After the Supreme Court ruled in 2007 that global warming pollution is covered under the Clean Air Act, the Bush EPA laid the groundwork for this endangerment finding, which has been completed by the Obama EPA.
It is now clear that if we take our responsibility seriously to protect and defend our people from this threat, the Senate has a duty to act on climate change legislation that includes major components of the work done by the Senate Energy and Environment Committees.
In light of the EPA endangerment finding, the President’s appearance in Copenhagen will carry even more weight, because it shows that America is taking this issue very seriously and is moving forward.
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer