Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka on Tuesday joined Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA) in introducing legislation that will for the first time set the United States on a path to decreasing greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming.
The Global Warming Pollution Reduction Act of 2007 was introduced by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT). Joining Senator Akaka as original cosponsors are Senators Daniel Inouye (D-HI), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Edward Kennedy (D-MA), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Russ Feingold (D-WI), Jack Reed (D-RI), Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).
The act calls for an 80% reduction – compared to 1990 levels – in global warming pollutants by 2050 and offers the most progressive and comprehensive solution to reduce greenhouse gasses across the nation. An identical bill introduced last year died in the Republican controlled Congress.
“The global warming debate began in Hawaii over 30 years ago when the Mauna Loa Climate Observatory first documented evidence of increased carbon dioxide levels in the Earth’s atmosphere,