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A Dire Warning on Global Warming

posted at 1:47 pm Mon Nov 3rd, 2014 by (WherezIt_Staff)

Nov. 2 - U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said a dire warning today from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change means bold action is needed to address the planetary crisis.

"The scientific community across the world is sounding the alarm. Climate change is real and it will have devastating consequences around the globe unless we act boldly and decisively," said Sanders, a member of the Senate environment and energy committees.

Sanders has introduced legislation to put a fee on the carbon and methane emissions that the scientists say are responsible for the changing climate. The measure is cosponsored by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Their bill would help create millions of jobs transforming the U.S. energy system away from fossil fuels to 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 bills have been blocked by Republicans in Congress. "Many Republicans now respond to the crisis of climate change by saying they are not scientists and therefore have no opinion," Sanders said. "Well, most of them are not doctors but they respect doctors' opinions on cancer and heart disease. Most of them are not generals but they respect the opinions of our military leaders. It's time for them to respect the views of the scientific community on climate change."

To read more about the Sanders-Boxer legislation, click here.

To read more about the Sanders-Ellison legislation, click here.

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