Markey Handed New Senate Megaphone on Climate Change

US Democratic Representative Ed Markey of Massachussetts holds a press conference outside the US Capitol in Washington, DC, March 29, 2011, asking the Obama administration to implement a law passed in 2002 to distribute radiation emergency pills to people living within 20 miles of a nuclear reactor, in response to the recent nuclear power plant threat in Japan. 
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Clare Foran
Feb. 11, 2014, 11:19 a.m.

Sen. Ed­ward Mar­key, an out­spoken ad­voc­ate of cli­mate-change ac­tion, has been ap­poin­ted to the Sen­ate En­vir­on­ment and Pub­lic Works Com­mit­tee.

The Mas­sachu­setts Demo­crat was named to the pan­el, which is chaired by Sen. Bar­bara Box­er, D-Cal­if., on Tues­day in the wake of Sen. Max Baucus’s de­par­ture. Baucus, who pre­vi­ously served as a Demo­crat­ic sen­at­or for Montana, was con­firmed by the Sen­ate to be am­bas­sad­or to China last week.

Box­er said Tues­day that she looks for­ward to work­ing with Mar­key.

“Sen­at­or Mar­key will be a great ad­di­tion to the En­vir­on­ment and Pub­lic Works Com­mit­tee be­cause of his proven ef­fect­ive­ness as a le­gis­lat­or. He has shown great lead­er­ship on the is­sues that the EPW Com­mit­tee is work­ing on right now, in­clud­ing ad­dress­ing cli­mate change, in­vest­ing in crit­ic­al trans­port­a­tion and wa­ter in­fra­struc­ture, and en­sur­ing that our nuc­le­ar fa­cil­it­ies are safe and se­cure,” Box­er said in a state­ment.

Mar­key has long sup­por­ted policies de­signed to mit­ig­ate cli­mate change. He co­sponsored a cap-and-trade bill with Rep. Henry Wax­man, D-Cal­if., dur­ing the 111th Con­gress. The bill passed the House but failed to win ap­prov­al in the Sen­ate. Mar­key is also a former chair­man of the now de­funct House Se­lect Com­mit­tee on En­ergy In­de­pend­ence and Glob­al Warm­ing.


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