Senate fails to have meaningful debate on Climate Security Act

Feature story - June 6, 2008
The Senate failed to give the urgent issue of global warming a fair debate this week. While we thank the Senators that tried to strengthen the bill, the Climate Security Act (S. 3036) was not strong enough to address the causes of global warming. It was disappointing to watch what could have been the first robust debate on comprehensive global warming legislation at the federal level turn into nothing more than a bunch of parliamentary procedural games.

"That the Senate managed to turn its first comprehensive debate on the most pressing environmental crisis of our time into a circus act should bring us pause: Not only to reevaluate the fitness of our leaders to lead, but also to assess the task now before us," says John Passacantando, Greenpeace's Executive Director.

Global warming is already having a negative impact on communities around the world. The scientific evidence is overwhelming - rising sea levels, severe storms, droughts, and dislocation of communities are a grim and growing reality. The United States must live up to its moral obligation as a world leader and act decisively and quickly to reduce our global warming emissions and spark an energy revolution.

It is now clear that the Senate is not going to get the job done, and we must look to the House and the new Administration for leadership on this issue.

Fortunately, according to Passacantando, "when done right, solving the global warming crisis can not only reduce our dependence on foreign oil, but it can also create high-paying jobs in the renewable energy sector, cut energy costs for working Americans, and secure a healthy planet."

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Tell your Member of Congress that we expect a serious debate that will result in the strongest possible science-based global warming legislation.