Global Warming: Appearing at a news conference with Sen. Bernard Sanders, Senate Environment and Public Works Chairwoman Barbara Boxer said she plans to bring carbon tax legislation to the Senate floor in the coming months. The two senators initially would impose a $20 fee per ton on carbon and methane emissions. The panel’s ranking Republican, David Vitter of Louisiana, reiterated his opposition to a tax on carbon, Congressional Quarterly reported.
Symbolic: The Guardian’s assessment in a separate article was that “the bill is largely seen to be a symbolic initiative with little chance of becoming law so long as Republicans – and some coal and oil state Democrats – remain implacably opposed to widespread intervention in the economy.”
Climate Crisis: ”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?,” wrote Sen. Sanders in a column published online by the guardian. “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?”
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