By Laura Barron-Lopez - 01/14/14 04:26 PM EST
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said on Tuesday the first action by a new Senate task force on climate change will be to push Sunday news programs on global warming coverage.
"Sen. [Brian] Schatz (D-Hawaii) and I are working on a letter" to send to networks, Sanders said during Tuesday's press conference announcing the new Senate Climate Action Task Force.
"This is the greatest crisis facing our planet, and the major networks on their important Sunday news shows have devoted all of eight minutes to discuss that issue. That has got to change," Sanders added.
The Senate task force formally announced on Tuesday includes 17 Democrats and Sanders. Other goals for it include blocking environmental riders attempting to hurt the administration's climate regulations, defending the renewable fuel standard, and possibly opening doors for major climate legislation like a price on carbon — an impossible feat in the current Congress.