Washington, DC -- Following President Obama’s pledge to address global warming during his inaugural address, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Representative Henry Waxman today launched a Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change that will provide a Congressional forum for discussions of solutions to global warming. The Task Force is expected to convene meetings of members from both chambers of Congress, and release reports and help circulate information on global warming and solutions to the problem.
Nathan Willcox, Federal Global Warming Program Director for Environment America, issued the following statement in response:
“We’re thrilled to see a new platform for global warming solutions being established, and that it’s being led by two legislators with such strong track records of leadership on this issue. From Superstorm Sandy to last year’s record drought, far too many Americans have been harmed by the early effects of global warming, and they’re hungry for leadership on this issue and solutions to the problem. We look forward to working with Senator Whitehouse and Representative Waxman to identify and promote those solutions and help America fulfill its obligation to our children and future generations to tackle global warming.”
The task force is comprised of a co-chair from each chamber of Congress and members of both the House and the Senate. Membership is open to all members of Congress, regardless of political party, who recognize the importance of climate change and the need for effective policy responses.