Washington, DC -Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA) joined co-chairs Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) as the leader of the U.S. Senate Climate Change Clearinghouse, which is a regular forum where members of the Senate meet to discuss the latest climate change science, recent innovations in clean energy technology, and actions that can be taken to reduce carbon pollution.
Senator Markey is also Chairman of a Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee with jurisdiction over international climate negotiations.
The Climate Change Clearinghouse, formed in 2013, provides a forum to keep Senators and their staff up-to-date on the latest developments in climate science, climate and clean energy policy at all levels of government, and the latest approaches businesses, communities, and other stakeholders are taking to deal with the challenges of climate change.
Senator Markey said: “I’m honored to join Senator Boxer and Senator Wyden in leading the Climate Change Clearinghouse. The dangers of climate change are clear. The costs to the United States are real. And the need for action from the public, businesses and government is urgent. I look forward to working with all the members of the Clearinghouse to find solutions to the threat climate change presents to us and to future generations.”
Senator Boxer said: “I am so pleased that Senator Markey has joined the Climate Clearinghouse as lead co-chair. He brings years of experience and will make a great contribution in our efforts to address climate change.”
Senator Wyden said: “The Senate Climate Clearinghouse is tackling the most important environmental issue of our time and I can’t think of anyone better than Senator Markey to chair it. He’s a proven leader on climate in the House and his experience, knowledge and passion will be a valuable addition to our efforts.”
(Editor’s note: Markey is a long-time member of the U.S. House who was recently elected to the Senate, sworn in as a Senator in July, and in the House had been a vocal proponent of greenhouse gas controls.)