Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-33rd District) and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) have announced the formation of a bicameral Task Force on Climate Change to address the issue of global warming.

The task force will be dedicated to focusing congressional and public attention on climate change and developing effective policy responses, and will be open to all other members of Congress interested in collaborating on the issue.

In a letter to President Obama, Waxman and Whitehouse urged the president to “develop a comprehensive climate change plan as expeditiously as possible.” One of the objectives they suggested to President Obama was to “lay out specific steps federal agencies will take to ensure that U.S. emissions of heat-trapping gases are reduced by at least 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020.”

In the coming weeks and months, Waxman and Whitehouse will hold meetings of the task force, seek relevant information and release reports, memoranda and correspondence in order to foster the group’s goal of increasing awareness and developing policy responses to climate change.


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