“Climate change is a dangerous threat to our nation, to our planet. It’s a catastrophe that’s unfolding before our eyes,” Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) told a news conference on Tuesday, as she announced the formation of the Senate Climate Action Task Force.
“And we’re very dedicated to the notion that when Congress wakes up to it, we’ll be able to have an impact and reverse the trend, so that disaster isn’t what’s waiting for our grandchildren and our children.”
Boxer noted that “18 percent of the Senate is part of this,” and she named names, starting with her own: Boxer, Whitehouse, Cantwell, Menendez, Cardin, Sanders, Klobuchar, Udall, Shaheen, Merkley, Franken, Blumenthal, Schatz, Murphy, Heinrich, King, Markey and Booker.
“We’re very realistic politicians. We understand that the makeup of Congress now is making it very difficult for us to pass climate change legislation now, but we will not sit back and give up, but we will raise the visibility of this issue, with the intent of changing minds around here.”
Sen. Boxer promised that Americans will hear from the task force “very, very often.”