Congress Must Con­front Global Warm­ing Cri­sis

Stanstead Journal - - FROM PAGE ONE - Wash­ing­ton, DC

Sen.Bernie San­ders (I-Vt.) called for Congress to act on pro­pos­als to curb green­house gas emis­sions af­ter a ma­jor new re­port to­day warned that global warm­ing could ex­ceed 10 de­grees Fahren­heit in the United States by the end of this century.

“This im­por­tant re­port is an­other loud and clear warn­ing that green­house gases are ris­ing faster than ever and our re­fusal to rec­og­nize and deal with the cri­sis could have cat­a­strophic con­se­quences,” said San­ders, a mem­ber of the Se­nate en­ergy and en­vi­ron­ment com­mit­tees.

“It is no longer ac­cept­able for a ma­jor­ity in Congress to ig­nore the overwhelming sci­en­tific ev­i­dence. It is no longer ac­cept­able that coal and oil com­pa­nies spend mil­lions of dol­lars to de­feat ef­forts to pro­tect the planet,” San­ders added.

The Na­tional Cli­mate As­sess­ment re­port by In­ter­gov­ern­men­tal Panel on Cli­mate Change was adopted to­day dur­ing a meet­ing at the White House. The re­port said it is still pos­si­ble to save the planet but much more must be done much sooner to curb the car­bon and meth­ane emis­sions that cause cli­mate change.

San­ders has pro­posed a bill to put a fee on car­bon and meth­ane emis­sions. The mea­sure is cospon­sored by Sen. Bar­bara Boxer (D-Calif.), chair­man of the Se­nate En­vi­ron­ment and Pub­lic Works Com­mit­tee. Their mea­sure would help cre­ate mil­lions of jobs in a trans­for­ma­tion of our en­ergy sys­tem away from fos­sil fuel and into en­ergy ef­fi­ciency and sus­tain­able en­ergy sources such as wind, so­lar, geo­ther­mal and biomass.

An­other San­ders bill would end tax breaks and sub­si­dies for oil and coal com­pa­nies. A com­pan­ion mea­sure in the House is spon­sored by Rep. Keith El­li­son (D-Minn.).

Both ideas are backed by sci­en­tists and leading econ­o­mists but have been blocked by Repub­li­cans in Congress who re­ject the overwhelming con­clu­sion that cli­mate change is oc­cur­ring and that it is man-made.

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