On March 16, 2013 Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) hosted a conference to discuss how global warming is impacting Vermont. Sanders was joined by environmental experts who explored what can be done to reverse climate change. Author and environmental activist, Bill McKibben gave the keynote speech at the event.
Sanders recently introduced bold climate change legislation which includes a tax on carbon and puts an end to subsidies for the fossil fuel industry.
On Feb. 14, 2013, Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) introduced comprehensive legislation on climate change.
Boxer is chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. Sanders sits on the environment committee and also is a member of the Senate energy committee.
Under the legislation, a fee on carbon pollution emissions would fund historic investments in energy efficiency and sustainable energy technologies such as wind, solar, geothermal and biomass. The proposal also would provide rebates to consumers to offset any efforts by oil, coal or gas companies to raise prices.
Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday opposed a moratorium on wind power projects in Vermont that he said would send a “terrible message” to the rest of the country and set back efforts to stop global warming. A member of the U.S. Senate environment and energy committees, Sanders urged state lawmakers to reject a three-year ban on wind power projects. “If Vermont ceases new wind development the message will go out all across the country, spread by the well-funded coal and oil companies, that even in Vermont – progressive Vermont – there is not a serious commitment to combating global warming,” Sanders said.