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In a bid to win support for an ambitious climate agenda, U.S. senators from both parties have introduced new legislation to reduce carbon emissions and ease global warming by 2050.
Sens. Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) on Thursday introduced the Climate Leadership and Offsetting Solutions Act. It would establish the first-ever federal law to curb greenhouse gas emissions and limit global warming, with the aim of getting the United States on track to meet the goals of the Paris climate agreement.
Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) on Friday introduced the Climate Action Now Act to curb emissions and address global warming by making the U.S. the first country to pass a carbon pricing system.
Congress hasn’t had significant success in tackling climate change before, including a cap-and-trade bill that failed to get votes in the Senate in 2015.
“There is a clear and urgent need for climate action on Capitol Hill. And the only way to get this done is by working together — not in opposition to each other,” Whitehouse said in a statement. “Climate change is a serious problem, and the U.S. Senate’s Climate Leadership Act will build on bipartisan efforts by working toward a comprehensive solution, addressing both the scientific consensus and the urgent need to reduce our country’s emissions. I thank all senators who are supporting this effort.”
“With only weeks remaining in office for my colleagues, we will continue to be bold and creative in the spirit of working together to secure an ambitious, comprehensive, and fair climate agenda that makes our world better place,” Coons said. “When America’s leaders say that you have to act, it takes all of us to do it. We need leadership today from all of us who have the