Target: Senators of the Climate Action Task Force
Goal: Commend 28 US Senators for committing to address climate change
On March 10, after the last vote was cast and business was adjourned at the end of the day, a group of 28 US senators took to the Senate floor to discuss strategies to address climate change. They stayed all through the night, only to leave the next day at 9 a.m.
The group of democratic and independent senators is a part of the Climate Action Task Force, a self-appointed coalition committed to galvanizing their colleagues on the issue of climate change. The group has also listed among their goals the creation of strategies to deal with climate change that resist special interest and lobbyist influence. Hopefully, other lawmakers will follow their lead and commit once and for all to making climate change a high priority of the US government.
Senator Barbara Boxer of California founded the task force in January. Since then, it has grown from 12 members to the 28 members who met Monday night. Among them was Sen. Brian Shatz (D-Hawaii) who told the Huffington Post that the purpose of the meeting was, “to show the growing number of senators who are committed to working together to confront climate change.” Senators also live tweeted the event, utilizing the hashtag, #up4climatechange.
Participating senators included, Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Patty Murray, (D-Wash.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Barbara Boxer, (D-Calif.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Mark Udall (D-Colo.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Angus King (I-Maine), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.)
In a time when climate change is often ignored or even refuted by those in power, this effort to bring environmental protection to the forefront of the national scene is noteworthy and commendable. Thank the Senators of the Climate Action Task Force for their dedication to addressing this issue.
Thank you for holding the all-night climate change talk Up for Climate Change. Your efforts in finding strategies to protect our environment and natural resources are greatly appreciated. The Climate Action Task Force’s commitment to remaining free of special interest and lobbyist influence is also commendable.
Thank you for bringing national attention to this important issue, and please continue to make climate change and environmental preservation a focus and priority of the Senate.
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