California Democrat Barbara Boxer has put together a new climate change task force in the U-S Senate. The group is focusing more on keeping current regulations in place than in advancing new legislation.
In spite of broad consensus in the scientific community, there remain a lot of climate change skeptics in Congress. Senator Boxer says that’s why the new task force is necessary.
“Our goal is to wake up the Congress.”
~Senator Barbara Boxer
Boxer recognizes with Republicans in control of the House advancing climate change legislation is next to impossible. But she says the task force will play a vital role in combating attempts to unwind current environmental regulations.
“We know we have to fight back against roll backs. This is a huge issue," she said. "And a few of us have done that alone…we have a task force now that is going to be at the ready because the biggest fight we’re going to have is to keep the progress we’ve already made.”
In spite of the makeup of Congress, Boxer says the task force is also focusing on maintaining renewable fuel standards and increasing energy efficiency programs.
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