Climate Change News
Safe Climate Act introduced to Congress; and National Academy of Sciences releases climate change report requested by House Committee on Science chair
Austin Rep. Lloyd Doggett signed on as an early sponsor. The act directs the EPA to set a cap on greenhouse gas emissions from the largest polluters, allowing them to buy and sell emissions allowances. The measure would also mimic California's strict motor vehicle emissions regulations and would direct the Department of Energy to establish an increasing national renewable energy standard, initially requiring 20% of U.S. electricity to come from renewables by 2020. At press time, the bill had been referred to the House Energy & Commerce and International Relations committees.
Also last week, the National Academy of Sciences released a climate change report requested by Rep. Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY), chair of the House Committee on Science. He called for the report last year after the House Committee on Energy and Commerce chair, Joe Barton who represents the Sixth District of Texas and often the ExxonMobil Corporation, which spent $15 million from 1998-2004 to discredit climate change launched an investigation of three climate scientists who made bold global warming claims in the late 1990s. The new report states that "there is sufficient evidence to say with a high level of confidence that the last few decades of the 20th century were warmer than any comparable period in the last 400 years," and that "current warming is occurring in response to human activities." Boehlert told the Associated Press, "there is nothing in this report that should raise any doubts about the broad scientific consensus on global climate change."