Dianne Feinstein’s Climate Change Bills

Global Warming: A Time to Act

From the web site of Senator Dianne Feinstein

Feinstein discusses her five-part package of global warming legislation
at a hearing of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on
January 30, 2007 .

An international consensus has been forged: Global warming is real. It
is already happening. And greenhouse gas emissions produced by human
activity, such as the burning of fossil fuels, tropical deforestation,
and agriculture – are the leading cause of that warming….

That is why I am working on a comprehensive package of legislation to
reduce greenhouse gas emissions – the leading cause of global warming –
from all sectors of the economy. Every business, home, and industry
will have to do its part.

There are five bills in total:

  • The second bill will be a mandatory cap-and-trade program
    for industrial and corporate polluters, modeled after the electricity
    sector program. (in progress)
  • Finally, a bill to establish a national energy-efficiency
    program, modeled after California’s program. By 2020, the bill would
    reduce emissions from electric and natural gas utilities by 9 percent
    below projected levels. And the updated building codes would reduce
    emissions from new homes and new buildings by 25 percent below
    projected levels. (in progress)

It is an ambitious agenda, but I believe it is the right way to go.

Congress has a window to act. If we act boldly and quickly, then perhaps we can make a difference.
The earth has already warmed 1 degree Fahrenheit – and scientists
predict that the warming trend will continue in the decades to come.
The simple truth is that the warming cannot be stopped, but it can be
slowed. We are at a tipping point: If the earth warms 1 to 2 degrees
Fahrenheit, the impact will be manageable, and we can adapt. But if the
earth warms 4 to 10 degrees, the effects will be catastrophic. The
question becomes, what can we do? The reality is that there is no
silver bullet. There is no single solution. We need many answers and
people of common purpose working together.

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