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A major focus of this legislation is a price on carbon and methane emissions.This fee on the largest fossil-fuel polluters affects fewer than 3,000 entities nationwide but covers 85% of the greenhouse gas emissions in the US, according to the Congression


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JL A (281)
Sunday February 24, 2013, 6:55 pm
Unless we take bold action to reverse climate change, our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren are going to look back on this period in history and ask a very simple question: Where were they? Why didn't the United States of America, the most powerful nation on earth, lead the international community in cutting greenhouse gas emissions and preventing the devastating damage that the scientific community was sure would come?

The issue that we are dealing with is not political. It has nothing to do with the squabbling we see in Washington every day. It has everything to do with physics. The leading scientists in the world who study climate change now tell us that their earlier projections were wrong. The crisis facing our planet is much worse than they had thought only a few years ago. 12 out of the last 15 years ranked as the warmest on record in the United States. Now, scientists say that our planet could be eight degrees Fahrenheit warmer or more by the end of this century if we take no decisive action to transform our energy system and cut greenhouse gas emissions.

What would that mean to planet earth? Sea levels would rise by three to six feet, which would flood cities like New Orleans, Boston and Miami and coastal communities all over the world. It would mean that every year we would see more and more extreme weather disturbances, like Hurricanes Irene and Sandy, costing taxpayers tens of billions of dollars every year and resulting in devastating blows to our economy and productive capabilities.

We would see the price of food go up because crops in the US and around the world would be affected by temperatures substantially greater than what we have today. It would mean greater threats of war and international instability because hungry and thirsty people would be fighting for limited resources. It would mean more disease and unnecessary deaths.

Legislation that I introduced (pdf) with the support of leading environmental organizations in the country can actually address the crisis and do what has to be done to protect the planet. Senator Barbara Boxer of California, chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, co-sponsored the bill that would reverse greenhouse gas emissions in a significant way. It also would help create millions of jobs as we transform our energy system away from fossil fuel and into energy efficiency and such sustainably energies as wind, solar, geothermal and biomass.

A major focus of this legislation is a price on carbon and methane emissions. This fee on the largest fossil-fuel polluters affects fewer than 3,000 entities nationwide but covers 85% of the greenhouse gas emissions in the US, according to the Congressional Research Service. The legislation ends fossil fuel subsidies. It also protects communities by requiring that drillers engaged in a new technology called fracking must comply with the Safe Drinking Water Act and disclose chemicals they use.

To help consumers, 60% of the carbon fee revenue will be rebated to every US resident. To level the playing field for US manufacturers and create incentives for international cooperation, there would be a border fee on imported fuels and products unless the nation they were shipped from had a similar carbon price.

To transform our energy system, the legislation would make the boldest ever investment in energy efficiency and sustainable energy. That includes weatherizing one million homes a year, as President Obama has advocated. It also means tripling the budget for advanced research and investing hundreds of billions through incentives and a public-private Sustainable Technologies Fund focusing on energy efficiency and clean transportation technology, as well as solar, wind, geothermal and biomass alternatives.

In our bill, we also provide funds to train workers for jobs in the sustainable energy economy and to help communities become resilient in the face of extreme weather. We accomplish all of this while paying down the debt by roughly $300 billion over ten years.

With President Obama's commitment in the state of the union address to reverse global warming, we have the opportunity now to make progress. The president must use his executive authority to cut down on power plant pollution and reject the dangerous Keystone XL project. But he must not give up on a comprehensive legislative solution, and neither should we.

We will never fully deal with this crisis until Congress passes strong legislation. Senator Boxer and I are going to fight as hard as we can to do that, and we will work to rally support from American families all across this country that care deeply about their children and grandchildren's future, and want to protect them from this planetary crisis.

Thank you for all that you do and for your efforts to combat climate change.


Senator Bernie Sanders

David C (75)
Sunday February 24, 2013, 7:19 pm
Bernie Sanders is awesome as is Barbara Boxer on this issue.....someone on care2 petition site there is a petition writing in support and thanking them for this, but I couldn't find it I encourage you to write and tell your senators to get on board.

JL A (281)
Sunday February 24, 2013, 7:30 pm
Thanks Dave and if someone finds the petition link. please cross-post. The site link takes you to the exact language of the bill for you to read for yourself.

Joanne Dixon (37)
Sunday February 24, 2013, 8:34 pm
Very well thought out and well written (well, of course, it's Bernie). And the people - excuse me, the corporations, they are not people - who would be coming up with the money are definitely the corporations who can afford to come up with the money, as opposed to the rest of us.

By the way, I believe this is the petition:

John B (185)
Sunday February 24, 2013, 8:35 pm
Thanks J.L. for the post. Kudos to the dynamic duo of Bernie and Barbara. I tried to find the petition Dave C mentioned and came up with two but both are now closed. I did get an email regarding this about a week ago and there was a link in it to be a "citizen co-sponsor" and I signed that. Read and noted.

Joanne Dixon (37)
Sunday February 24, 2013, 8:35 pm
Ooops, sorry, that link goes to an old one. I'll keep looking.

John B (185)
Sunday February 24, 2013, 8:37 pm
Thanks Joanne, but that was 1 of the 2 I found and it is now closed.

Joanne Dixon (37)
Sunday February 24, 2013, 8:40 pm
OK, this one should be current:

JL A (281)
Sunday February 24, 2013, 8:41 pm
Thanks for your efforts Joanne and John! You cannot currently send a star to Joanne because you have done so within the last week.You cannot currently send a star to John because you have done so within the last week.

Lois Jordan (63)
Tuesday February 26, 2013, 1:49 pm
Noted w/thanks, J.L.
I'm receiving Bernie's mailings, too, so I did sign the petition. Wish I could clone him and have 2 of him from my state.

James Maynard (84)
Tuesday February 26, 2013, 2:34 pm
I'd be tickled pink to have either of these fine
Senators instead of the two lumps of coal I
currently have.
Hope they can move this forward.

JL A (281)
Tuesday February 26, 2013, 3:00 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Lois because you have done so within the last week.
You cannot currently send a star to James because you have done so within the last week.

Birgit W (160)
Tuesday February 26, 2013, 3:59 pm

Nelson Baker (0)
Tuesday February 26, 2013, 4:57 pm
The Republicans, the party of NO, stifle all legislation.

Ann Breeden (65)
Tuesday February 26, 2013, 6:15 pm
Kudos to Barbara and Bernie. This is a no brainer. As I've joked before but I'll say it again. Do these Repubs and Demos who support the fossil fuel industry have some other planet they plan to run to that the rest of us don't know about? I wish they'd let us in on their secret. Actually, no, I don't wish that. I'm very proud and also love Mother Earth.

Shirley B (5)
Wednesday February 27, 2013, 4:34 pm
I, too get Bernie's Buzz and I think that man is totally awesome.Great post J.L.

Note to Ann - Yes there is another planet they can go to I was just reading an article this afternoon that said that Mars can support life now.--Let em' go---
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