Boxer Statement on Bush Administration’s Global Warming Announcement
July 11, 2008
Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, made the following remarks regarding the Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on global warming emissions released today by the Bush Administration:
Senator Boxer said: "The Bush Administration decision today to effectively reject regulation of global warming pollution under the Clean Air Act, creates a clear and present danger to the American people. Despite the Supreme Court's finding that EPA was ducking its responsibility under the law to control global warming emissions, the Bush Administration continues to block all action."
"We now know that top scientists have found that global warming presents a threat to the health and safety of the American people and that the Clean Air Act gives EPA the tools to protect the public. Special moneyed interests weighed in and lo and behold, today the Bush Administration has essentially ordered EPA to do nothing to address the danger of global warming."
"This proves that, despite all of the President's rhetoric at the G8 Summit about working to reduce global warming pollution, he meant none of it."
"This means that the Clean Air Act, signed by Richard Nixon and carried out by every President since, has been shredded by President Bush, who will go down in history as the first president to so gravely endanger the health and safety of the American people."
"My Committee is not going to let up this year. And next year, we will provide the new President with a report on the steps that can be taken to begin to address global warming immediately. It is important to note that just last month, 54 Senators supported moving forward to address global warming. Both Presidential candidates have also agreed that global warming requires urgent action and have confirmed they will sign the waiver to allow California and the other states to regulate greenhouse gas pollution from vehicles."
"At least we know that these dark days will come to an end soon."