Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) introduced a landmark proposal to tackle global warming. It would place a price on carbon pollution, ramp up support for clean, renewable energy and energy efficiency programs, and cut taxpayer subsidies to Big Oil and other fossil fuels. The two bills that make up the proposal would reduce U.S. carbon emissions 20 percent from 2005 levels by 2025, and a majority of the revenue from the carbon fee would be returned to U.S. citizens. Additional information about the details of the legislation can be found here.
In response, Nathan Willcox, federal global warming program director for Environment America, issued the following statement:
“This is what leadership in tackling global warming looks like. Sens. Sanders and Boxer have introduced a proposal that would push us to capture the energy our nation wastes and help shift us to use more clean, renewable energy sources. This would be a monumental step toward reducing the carbon pollution that is fueling global warming.
“Given that millions of Americans are already feeling the effects of global warming, from Hurricane Sandy to the worst drought since the Dust Bowl, we need more elected officials to follow suit and take action to cut the carbon pollution that’s fueling the problem.
“As President Obama said in his State of the Union address, ‘For the sake of our children and our future, we must do more to combat climate change.’”