Friday, January 10, 2014

New Senate Climate Initiative in 2014: Climate Action Task Force

On Thursday January 9, Senators Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and other Democratic senators, announced a new effort to get Congress to act on climate change in 2014. To help with this with this effort they are planning to enlist the support of civic groups, private industry, religious organizations and others. The new initiative entitled “Climate Action Task Force,” has a wide variety of goals, including the holy grail of environmental action, putting a price on carbon. To achieve this they will need to secure 60 votes in the chamber, however, this is no easy task as they can expect considerable opposition from Republicans as well as Democrats in coal states.

Boxer is hoping to move fast and she further hopes that this task force will help to protect President Obama’s climate change initiative from Republicans and others who seek to undermine it.

The group joins other congressional efforts on climate change, including the Bicameral Climate Change Task Force, which was organized by Democrats in both houses last year.

The full agenda of the task force will be released on Tuesday January 14.

© 2014, Richard Matthews. All rights reserved.

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