Sanders calls for action on 'great planetary crisis of global warming'

“'Why didn’t the United States of America lead the international community in cutting greenhouse gas emissions and preventing the devastating damage that the scientific community was sure would come?’”

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Sanders and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) have introduced a carbon cap and trade bill to combat side effects of climate change.

“Legislation that I introduced with the support of leading environmental organizations in the country can actually address the crisis and do what has to be done to protect the planet,” Sanders said. “Sen. Barbara Boxer of California, chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, co-sponsored the bill that would reverse greenhouse gas emissions in a significant way.”

Republicans have said capping and taxing greenhouse gases would harm the economy and burden businesses, but Sanders said their bill would boost the economy by encouraging alternative green energy production.

“It also would help create millions of jobs as we transform our energy system away from fossil fuel and into energy efficiency and such sustainable energies as wind, solar, geothermal and biomass,” Sanders said.

Sanders said the science of climate change could not be denied and pointed out that 12 of the last 15 years have been the warmest on record in the United States. Sanders said it would only get worse if Congress fails to act.

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