Senator Boxer said: "Passage of the greenhouse gas registry and two research bills today is a step forward in our efforts to combat global warming."
S. 1387, the Federal Greenhouse Gas Registry Act, sponsored by Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), builds on language in the 2008 Appropriations Act that required EPA to draft a rule for mandatory reporting of greenhouse gas emissions in all sectors of the U.S. economy. S. 1387 clarifies which facilities are covered, and adds more detailed requirements regarding data collection, reporting, verification, and enforcement.
S. 2970, the Climate Change Drinking Water Adaptation Research Act, sponsored by Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), provides for a 10-year research program on global warming's impacts on water supplies and strategies for adapting to them. Global warming threatens safe drinking water supplies, especially in areas such as California that depend on snowmelt to fill reservoirs.
S. 3489, sponsored by Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY), requires the EPA Administrator to conduct a study on "black carbon" emissions in the U.S. and worldwide. Black carbon, or soot, is a potent cause of global warming.