Senate Takes Up Global Warming

The Senate has begun to debate legislation on global warming. Senators on Monday voted 74 to 14 to take up a bill that would cap U.S. emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, cutting them by 18 percent by 2020 and by two-thirds by mid-century. It would specifically target refineries, power plants, factories and transportation for 70 percent reductions. "Does the bill go far enough? No it doesn't," said Senator Bernie Sanders, the sponsor of the most aggressive legislation in the

The Senate has begun to debate legislation on global warming. Senators on Monday voted 74 to 14 to take up a bill that would cap U.S. emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, cutting them by 18 percent by 2020 and by two-thirds by mid-century. It would specifically target refineries, power plants, factories and transportation for 70 percent reductions. "Does the bill go far enough? No it doesn't," said Senator Bernie Sanders, the sponsor of the most aggressive legislation in the Senate to combat climate change.

"We can strengthen our economy, create millions of good-paying jobs, protect our environment for future generations, and reduce threats to public health by addressing global warming," Sanders said.

Sanders laid out a comprehensive approach to deal with the crisis of global warming in a March 22 speech at the Vermont Law School.

To read the speech, click here.