Inouye Leads Commerce Committee Approval of Climate Change and Ocean Acidification Legislation
Senator Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, issued the following statement upon Commerce Committee approval of three bills on climate change and ocean acidification from carbon emissions.
"Today as world leaders are meeting in Bali, Indonesia for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee approved three bills which would improve how the United States addresses climate change and ocean acidification.
"The Federal Ocean Acidification Research and Monitoring Act provides for a coordinated federal research program on ocean acidification. The Global Climate Change Research Improvement Act improves the basic research and products that the federal government develops on climate change and its impacts. The third bill, the Climate Change Adaptation Act, calls for the federal government to develop a strategic plan for dealing with the effects of climate change.
"The time has come for the United States to show the world that it is serious about curbing the effects of global climate change."