Washington, DC (January 31, 2007)- Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), who now chairs the Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee, held her first hearing on January 30 addressing global warming. Boxer began the hearing by stating, “The debate over whether there is global warming, for the majority of us, is over.”
Overall, nearly one-third of the Senate gave testimony. However, there was not unanimous agreement about specific strategies to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. Regardless, desire for bipartisan support of a consensus plan ruled the day, with a number of senators commending each other for their respective legislative proposals, some of which differ significantly in the type of carbon caps they employ.
Some of the more prominent advocates of global warming legislation are presidential candidates for the White House in 2008. Among those speaking at Tuesday’s hearing were Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill) and Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY). The harshest critic to give testimony was Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID), who said the rush to enact legislation was merely posturing for the 2008 elections. Despite the comment, Boxer and others seemed pleased with the day’s proceedings. “What’s been fascinating for me to hear is how we are all coming together here,” she said, adding that, “we are moving beyond the argument and towards solutions.”
San Francisco Chronicle