Senators Boxer and Sanders show climate leadership
February 14, 2013
Washington DC - On the heels of President Obama's call to action in his State of the Union address and the arrest of more than 40 environmental, civil rights, and community leaders at a protest of the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, Senators Boxer (D-CA) and Sanders (I-VT) have introduced the first serious climate legislation since cap and trade failed to pass the Senate in 2009. The bill would put a $20/ton fee on the dangerous carbon pollution driving climate impacts like Hurricane Sandy, raising trillions of dollars to offset any impact on consumers and create new investment in renewable energy sources.
Additional measures are being considered that would roll back some of the billions of dollars in subsidies that have flowed to the fossil fuel industry, keeping it afloat despite the economic competitiveness of energy efficiency and renewable resources like wind and solar.
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