U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer said she will propose a global warming bill in 2009 designed to mesh with President-elect Barack Obama’s push to “mark a new chapter in America’s leadership on climate change.”
Boxer, D-CA, announced on Thursday, Nov. 20, that she will introduce two pieces of legislation in January aimed at cutting greenhouse gases.
The first bill, Boxer said, will establish a grant program to reduce “global warming emissions” under the Clean Air Act with up to $15 billion a year available to spur clean energy innovations, including advanced biofuels.
The second piece Boxer plans to propose will direct the EPA to set up a cap and trade system for greenhouse gas emissions, allowing private companies to trade carbon credits or purchase such credits if they pollute more than the government allows.
“I believe strongly that when we address the threat of unchecked global warming by investing in clean energy technologies and reducing our dependence on foreign oil, we also have a recipe for economic recovery,” Boxer said. “The time to start is now, and my colleagues and I are here to step up to President-elect Obama’s call to action to address global warming and create millions of green jobs in America.”
On Tuesday, Obama told the Governors’ Global Climate Summit in Los Angeles that, as president, he plans to address climate change and the U.S. dependence on foreign oil.
“Few challenges facing America – and the world – are more urgent than combating climate change,” Obama said. “The science is beyond dispute and the facts are clear. Sea levels are rising. Coastlines are shrinking. We’ve seen record drought, spreading famine, and storms that are growing stronger with each passing hurricane season.
“My presidency will mark a new chapter in America’s leadership on climate change that will strengthen our security and create millions of new jobs in the process.”
– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer
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