A note from U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy in response to a letter I wrote about climate change:
Thank you for contacting me about the environment. I share your concerns about climate change, and assure you that I am committed to doing everything necessary to stop and reverse this devastating environmental threat.
You will be happy to know that I am a member of the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change, a group of environmentally-minded members of Congress committed to advocating new policies on climate. We need strong and proactive environmental policies that combat global warming, curb pollution, invest in renewable energy, and promote sustainable development solutions. Only with a diversified approach to these issues can we truly protect and preserve our environment.
That is why I support extending and expanding tax credits for the production of renewable energy. By renewing tax credits for business and individuals who want to purchase solar and fuel cell technologies and for energy efficiency improvements in commercial buildings and homes, a collective effort can be made by our nation to curtail climate change.
As we face possibly the greatest threat to the planet ever – global warming – the science has spoken, and the debate is over. We are now left with the considerable task of crafting a fair, sensible system of curbing carbon emissions. As a member of the Connecticut General Assembly before 2007, I was often frustrated by the fact that any steps Connecticut made toward a greener planet weren’t always supported by policies in Washington. Thankfully, in 2009, the EPA issued an “endangerment finding” under the Clean Air Act (CAA) that greenhouse gases threaten human health and welfare. The EPA has since moved forward to fulfill their legal obligation to develop a commonsense system to limiting carbon emissions.
Thank you again for contacting me about this matter. I appreciate hearing from you and assure you that I will always do my best to represent the views of my constituents in the Senate. In the future, please do not hesitate to call me in my Connecticut office at (860) 549-8463 or my Washington office at (202) 224-4041.
Every Best Wish,
Christopher S. Murphy
United States Senator