John Kerry, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee chaired a Senate panel on Climate today with Al Gore offering key testimony. As chairman of the SFRC and a long time environmental activist, Kerry is posed to be “an influential player” in the efforts to forge “a treaty and reshape U.S. policy on climate issues.”
Sen. Kerry’s committee, which oversees the State Department, gives him a platform from which to influence the U.S. negotiating position in the Copenhagen talks, which are aimed at forging a successor to the Kyoto Protocol, a treaty that requires many industrialized nations to reduce their greenhouse-gas emissions.
Bloomberg notes on today’s hearing:
… Kerry said studies show that even with proposals by other countries to fight climate change and Obama’s goal of cutting emissions 80 percent by 2050, carbon dioxide levels would still rise 50 percent above today’s levels.
“The science is screaming at us,” he said.
I know the subject of climate change is so very important to Senator Kerry and I am so glad to see him jumping right in to get to work on this issue in his capacity as chairman of the SFRC. The Bush admin turned a blind eye to this issue and we’ll be paying for it down the road for a very long time if we don’t make changes now.