Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, made the following remarks regarding former Vice President Al Gore's speech on global warming today:

Senator Boxer said: "I am deeply grateful to Vice President Gore for once again capturing the imagination of the American people in order to engage them in the global warming battle."

"The Vice President correctly identified solar, wind and geothermal power as a major solution to global warming. He pointed out something we should all remember - that ‘enough solar energy falls on the surface of the earth every 40 minutes to meet 100 percent of the entire world's energy needs for a full year.' It is clear from that fact alone that we only need to harness a tiny portion of that energy to save the planet from the ravages of global warming and to unburden ourselves from dependence on foreign oil."

"The Senate global warming bill, which was stopped by a filibuster, included a major initiative on solar, wind and geothermal, as well as many other approaches to addressing the challenge of global warming."

"The Vice President's main effort is to mobilize the American people behind meaningful action and less talk about global warming. I join him in his efforts, and I will do everything I can to respond to one of the most urgent issues of our time."

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