Posted: Feb. 6, 2003
Senator Tom Carper has a new position from which to combat global
warming and push for the passage of his own Clean Air bill. Senate
Environment and Public Works ranking member Jim Jeffords today named
Carper the ranking Democrat on the Clean Air, Climate Change and
Nuclear Safety Subcommittee.
decisions we make this session will define our nation's
environmental and economic agenda for decades to come. The Clean Air
Subcommittee faces a busy year ahead, and I am committed to working
with my colleagues to make progress on several fronts," Carper said.
Subcommittee chairman is Senator George Voinovich (R-OH), who was
Carper's colleague in the National Governors Association and shares
his desire to move past partisan differences and get things done.
Carper will work with Senators Jeffords, Lieberman, Reid and Clinton
and Subcommittee Chair Voinovich to develop an environmental agenda
for the future.
Carper expects clean air issues to get the full attention of the
Congress and the President in the near-term. He looks forward to
hearings early this year to examine the benefits of several
comprehensive proposals to reduce harmful power plant emissions of
SO2, NOx, Mercury, and CO2. Carper, along with Senators Chafee,
Breaux, and Baucus introduced legislation last year to reduce these
emissions. Similar legislation introduced by Senator Jeffords was
approved by the full committee last year, but did not reach the
Senate floor. The President's Clear Skies plan, which is expected to
be introduced by EPW Chairman Jim Inhofe, does not address CO2
emissions, which Senator Carper believes must be part of any
"The need to
address CO2 emissions, as well as NOx, SOx, and Mercury is clear,
and I look forward to working with my colleagues to pass a strong 4P
bill this year," Carper said.
subcommittee's clean air mandate gives Senator Carper another
platform to raise concerns about companies like Motiva. The
subcommittee will also be responsible for investigating the safety
of the nation's nuclear facilities.
attention should be given to the safe operation of our nation's
nuclear facilities, as well as to the safe transport and storage of
nuclear waste," Carper said. "Senator Harry Reid and I have a shared
concern regarding safety of nuclear facilities. I will work closely
with him to examine the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in
Nevada as it moves forward."
Carper will request hearings to examine the comprehensive global
warming legislation introduced earlier this year by Senators
Lieberman and McCain, S. 139. The threat of global warming to states
such as Delaware is significant. Delaware's coastline and climate
may already be undergoing changes that are likely to accelerate
dramatically in the decades ahead if steps are not taken soon to
reduce the greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
As a member
of the Senate Energy Committee last Congress, Senator Carper saw
clearly that issues of energy and environment are closely linked.
The Clean Air Subcommittee has an important role to play in
highlighting the opportunities for clean energy that can not only
protect the air we breathe and reduce our risk from global warming,
but also help reduce our reliance on imported energy supplies.
"I am more
and more convinced that the hole in our planet's ozone layer is
real, that global warming and sea-level rise are happening, and the
actions of humans are the primary cause of these threats. As
Congress considers energy and environmental issues, I believe that
we must work together to address these issues in ways that will
create jobs, boost trade and leave our planet healthier for the
generations that follow us," Carper said.
sworn-in to the Senate two years ago, Carper has been appointed to
the Senate Democratic Leadership as a member of its executive
committee, named the Democratic Leadership Council's chairman for
Best Practices, served as co-chairman of the Democratic Senate
Campaign Committee's Leadership Circle and pulled together meetings
for recent Governors-Become-Senators from both parties.
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