Congressional principles offered to address global warming

U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee, working with U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and U.S. Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) have managed to get 149 of their fellow House members to sign onto a set up principles to guide Congress on a quest to reduce global warming.

All 152 members of Congress signed a four-page letter (PDF 592 kb) (not including six pages of signatures) sent to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The letter outlines and elaborates on four principles.

“Acting in accordance with these principles is critical to achieving a fair and effective bill that will avoid the most dangerous global warming and assist those harmed by the warming that is unavoidable, while strengthening our economy,” the letter states.

The four principles:

  1. Reduce emissions to avoid dangerous global warming;
  2. Transition America to a clean energy economy;
  3. Recognize and minimize any economic impacts from global warming legislation; and
  4. Aid communities and ecosystems vulnerable to harm from global warming.

Other members of the Washington delegation who signed the letter are Democratic Reps. Norm Dicks, Jim McDermott and Brian Baird.

One thought on “Congressional principles offered to address global warming

  1. I bet they pursue goal #3 (Recognize and minimize any economic impacts from global warming legislation) with as much vigor as our state and local governments have pursued goals #4,6 and 7 of our states Growth Management Act.

    4. Encourage the availability of affordable housing to all economic segments of the population of this state

    6. Private property shall not be taken for public use without just compensation having been made. The property rights of landowners shall be protected from arbitrary and discriminatory actions.

    7. Applications for both state and local government permits should be processed in a timely and fair manner to ensure predictability.

    I think these are what we’re now calling “sweeteners”.

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