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Published On: Wed, Jan 9th, 2013

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders to introduce ‘global warming’ legislation in light of ‘hottest year in U.S.’ report

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After a government report Tuesday, which said that 2012 the warmest year on record in the lower 48 states, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders said today that he will introduce legislation to move aggressively to reverse global warming, according to a press release today.

“The scientific data is clear that global warming is real and significantly caused by greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuels,” Sanders said.

“After the hottest year on record and extreme weather disturbances such as Hurricane Sandy, we must take strong action to transform our energy system away from fossil fuels and move toward energy efficiency and sustainable energy,” Sanders added. “I intend to introduce legislation in the Senate to do just that.”

According to a report from National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C., the average temperature for 2012, which was 55.32 degrees, beat the former record set in 1998 by one full degree.

2012 was also a near-record for weather disasters including drought, wildfires and storms. There were 11 disasters last year that topped $1 billion in damage each. Only 1998 was worse, according to a CBS report.

Sanders’ legislation will include a transparent fee on greenhouse gas emissions from the biggest polluters. It will call for an historic investment in efficiency, sustainable energy, advanced transportation infrastructure, and clean energy research and development. The measure also would end fossil fuel subsidies and tax breaks.

 

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