Henry Waxman is a House Representative from California. He has been a central figure in the House pushing climate change legislation, and is the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. He introduced H.R. 1590: Safe Climate Act of 2007, which would have mandated greenhouse gas emissions. He is also the sponsor of H.R. 2454: American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, the current cap-and-trade scheme that passed the House in June of 2009. He was one of many US politicians who took the trip to the Copenhagen summit in late 2009 to push for a global climate change agreement.
- “Many experts are telling us global warming is one of the most severe environmental threats facing this nation and the world, the challenges confronting us are enormous…”
- “…the overwhelming consensus of all the leading scientists that have looked at this issue is there is a warming of the planet, it’s manmade, caused by our burning of carbon fuels, and it’s happening faster than anybody ever thought it would happen.
“We’re seeing the reality of a lot of the North Pole starting to evaporate, and we could get to a tipping point. Because if it evaporates to a certain point – they have lanes now where ships can go that couldn’t ever sail through before. And if it gets to a point where it evaporates too much, there’s a lot of tundra that’s being held down by that ice cap.
“If that gets released we’ll have more carbon emissions and methane gas in our atmosphere than we have now. We see a lot of destruction happening because of global warming, climate change problems, so we’ve got enough warning signals and enough of a scientific consensus to take this seriously.”Source
- “I don’t know the details. I rely on the scientists.”
- Sponsor of H.R. 1590:Safe Climate Act of 2007
- Sponsor of H.R.2454: American Clean Energy And Security Act of 2009