A Letter from Senior United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein

Friends:

Person of the Planet, Shirley Lutzky, wrote to Senator Diane Feinstein to find out her stance on Climate Change and her efforts to curb Global Warming.  Here is the reply letter:

Dear Shirley:

Thank you for writing to share your support for action to address climate change.  I appreciate hearing from you and welcome the opportunity to respond.

I share your belief that we must implement serious policy solutions to prepare for climate change, and we must do so now.  The science is clear: climate change is real, it is happening, humans are causing it, and we must act.  Doing nothing is not an answer.  Unfortunately, even in the face of clear evidence that action is overdue, the Trump administration and Congressional Republicans have blocked or reversed attempts to enact policies that would address climate change.

I have long pushed for action to address climate change and protect our environment, from spearheading the passage of historic fuel-economy legislation to consistently championing funding for renewable energy and energy-efficiency programs.  You can review my long record of fighting to protect our climate here: https://sen.gov/feinstein/2POP.  

Fighting climate change will require a broad scope of ambitious actions to eliminate emissions throughout the entire global economy.  We can start by establishing a carbon fee and recommitting ourselves to the Paris Agreement, a pledge to reduce U.S. emissions by at least 26 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.  We must resume development of energy-efficiency standards for buildings and household appliances and enact policies that encourage the transition to electric vehicles.

California has shown the United States and the world that it is possible to successfully address climate change while maintaining a high standard of living and economic growth.  Our state has mandated that half of our electricity must come from renewable sources by 2030.  In fact, we are on track to reach this goal in 2020, 10 years ahead of schedule.  We are also showing that we do not need to sacrifice growth, as last year California grew to be the world’s fifth-largest economy.  I am pleased to report that California is on track to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions economy-wide by 2045.

I will keep your support for bold action on climate change in mind as I continue working with my Senate colleagues to find a path forward for climate change legislation.

Once again, thank you for writing.  Should you have any other questions or comments, please call my Washington, D.C., office at (202) 224-3841 or visit my website at feinstein.senate.gov.  You can also follow me online at YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, and you can sign up for my email newsletter at feinstein.senate.gov/newsletter.

Best regards.

Sincerely yours,

Dianne Feinstein

United States Senator

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