Nancy Pelosi is the current Speaker of the House. As speaker, she has guided several bills through the House which attempt to combat climate change, including the Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2007 and the current Cap and Trade legislation. She often critized the Bush Administration for their soft position on climate change. She also created the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming in 2006. In late 2009 she visited the Copenhagen summit to assure the world that the United States is committed to fighting climate change.
- “The science of global warming and its impact is overwhelming and unequivocal… Now is time to act; the future of our country, indeed our entire planet, is at stake.”
- “But the scientific evidence of global warming is overwhelming, and growing each day with the release of new studies. The Arctic ice is melting, and Greenland’s massive icecap is liquefying with unexpected speed. The oceans are warming, potentially generating stronger hurricanes, and becoming more acidic, threatening the building blocks of the marine food chain. The current heat waves across the United States and Europe, and the wildfires in the West, may be an unpleasant taste of what is to come.”Source
- “The level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is by far the highest in 650,000years. Temperatures are estimated to rise anywhere from 2 degrees Fahrenheit to as high as 11.5 degrees by the end of the century. We can expect rising sea levels, more intense storms, increased drought in some areas and more floods in others, heat waves, spread of tropical diseases, extinction of species, changes in ocean salinity, and melting ice in the polar regions.“The catastrophic hurricanes of 2005, Katrina and Rita, foreshadow the challenges we will face. All along our coastlines, our great cities and small towns will be threatened by rising sea levels and intensifying storms.
“Not only coastal areas will be affected. Inland communities will be gravely affected as well by drought and flood. Movement of climate change refugees from one country to another could increase political instability in many regions of the world.”Source
- Voted for Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2007
- Voted for Energy Law Amendments (Cap and Trade)