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Sanders, Boxer propose climate change bills

From the office of Sen. Bernie Sanders

Sanders, Boxer propose climate change bills

WASHINGTON, Feb. 14 – Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) today introduced comprehensive legislation on climate change.

Boxer is chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. Sanders sits on the environment committee and also is a member of the Senate energy committee.

Under the legislation, a fee on carbon pollution emissions would fund historic investments in energy efficiency and sustainable energy technologies such as wind, solar, geothermal and biomass. The proposal also would provide rebates to consumers to offset any efforts by oil, coal or gas companies to raise prices.

“The leading scientists in the world who study climate change now tell us that their projections in the past were wrong; that, in fact, the crisis facing our planet is much more serious than they had previously believed,” Sanders told a news conference in the Senate environment committee hearing room. To read his full statement, click here.

The proposal was drafted as two measures, the Climate Protection Act and the Sustainable Energy Act. For a summary, click here.

Flanking Sanders and Boxer at the news conference were environmental and consumer leaders including Bill McKibben, the Ripton, Vt., founder of; Mike Brune, executive director of Sierra Club; Tara McGuiness, executive director of the Center for American Progress Action Fund; Tyson Slocum, Public Citizen’s energy director; and Meg Power of the National Community Action Foundation.

“Sens. Sanders and Boxer actually understand the depth of the climate problem we face. We are awfully grateful to them for starting us down the legislative path that could reverse our disastrous course. We hope and trust that they won’t have to be a lone voice,” said McKibben, one day after his arrest at a White House protest on a controversial oil pipeline from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.

“Climate disruption is one of the most pressing challenges of our time and we must move forward with solutions on all fronts. While all eyes are on President Obama’s pending actions to cut carbon emissions from power plants, halt risky drilling in America’s arctic, and reject the dirty and dangerous Keystone XL pipeline, we need champions in the Senate like Bernie Sanders and Barbara Boxer pushing strong, comprehensive climate solutions that can double down on these critical administrative actions,” added Brune.

“Pricing carbon is an important tool to address climate change, and this legislation ensures that working families aren’t penalized by dedicating 3/5 of revenues to a per-capita family refund. This will protect families at the same time we seek to protect the climate,” said Slocum, Public Citizen’s energy program director.

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  • Matthew Etchells

    Instead what about offering high quality, clean burning European grade high octane gasolines…

    California for example has the worst motor fuels in comparison to any other state/ country, something we also don’t have easy access too is Ngv/cng vehicles and fueling station availability .

    It’s not hard..

  • Sure, let’s add cleaner burning fuels t othe mix. But no way will they do much. The science is clear: There’s no approach that emphasizes any form of fossil fuels over alternative energy that will work in the long run, without moving most energy production to clean, non-fossil-fuel alternatives.

    Good for Bernie and Sen. Boxer for putting a carbon tax back on the table!

    • Stefanie Costello

      Really? YOU WANT more taxes?! For what? If we are to REALLY combat “climate change” we NEED to address the geo-engineering issue.

      Please look up at the sky on a clear morning. Notice that the sky is *blue*. Now, wait a few hours. Notice the white unmarked airplanes with their “contrails”. Next, notice HOW THESE CONTRAILS MAKE CLOUDS!

      People, please, please WAKE UP!!

      Planes are not supposed to MAKE clouds.

      This is going on world wide. Please visit

      If these planes stop flying worldwide we will cut carbon emissions by a great deal.

      Also, does anyone think that maybe, just maybe, the SUN has something to do with global warming?

      I am not willing to cheer so-called “mainstream science” anymore. More often than not, science has catered to the corporations, which enjoy a monopoly on the human race. Follow the money. Where does this carbon tax go?

      This feels like a scheme to defraud us and siphon what’s left of the middle class wealth.

      How will this new tax be enforced? Will you be required to let the “carbon police” into your home? Will you get fined for not following “green practices”? Let’s everyone think this idea through and explore EVERY angle before we CHEER a new tax and possibly MORE restrictions on our day to day lives. Is this really about saving the planet or is this about control over populations?

      This is off subject, but I urge Sen. Sanders and the rest of our Vermont elected “officials” to endorse and promote the idea of term restrictions for offices in the US Senate. I believe that our elected representatives are out of touch with the reality.