Published on Feb 15, 2013
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Chairman of the Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), held a news conference to announce comprehensive legislation, the Climate Protection Act (S. 332). Senator Sanders serves on the EPW Committee and also is a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
S. 332 calls for a fee on carbon pollution emissions that would fund historic investments in energy efficiency and sustainable energy technologies, such as wind, solar, geothermal, and biomass. The proposal also provides rebates to consumers to offset any efforts by oil, coal, or gas companies to raise prices.
Environment and consumer leaders that participated in the press conference included Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org; 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 David Bradley, National Community Action Foundation executive director.