Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, today made the following remarks in response to the global warming proposal announced today by Senators Joseph Lieberman (ID-Conn.), and John Warner (R-Va.), the chairman and ranking member, respectively, of the Subcommittee on Private Sector and Consumer Solutions to Global Warming and Wildlife Protection:

Senator Boxer said: “The Lieberman-Warner proposal is a huge breakthrough in the fight against global warming.”

“The Lieberman Warner bill will be the fifth economy-wide Senate proposal, and in addition, there are several sector-by-sector proposals, demonstrating that an increasing number of U.S. Senators want to address this issue now.”

“When I took the gavel of the Environment and Public Works Committee, I pledged to focus on global warming and on bringing bipartisanship back to the committee. With the Lieberman-Warner bipartisan proposal, those goals have been met, and we now plan to pass legislation through the committee before the end of the year. This proposal has taken good ideas from a variety of bills, and will be an excellent starting point for the committee.”

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