Congressman Schiff believes that we face no greater threat to the world's habitability than climate change. Unlike the struggles that the nation has faced before, this is not a challenge that one generation can face alone, but rather one that all generations will face for decades to come. Global warming is a crisis that is not imminent, but already present. We are witnessing the effects of our changing climate on agriculture and forestry, ecosystems and human health, water resources and coastlines -- and these problems will only intensify in the coming years unless we take decisive action.
Now, as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) takes on the task of regulating greenhouse gas emissions from large power plants, legislation has been introduced in the House to forbid the EPA from regulating these pollutants. Schiff has opposed these efforts to gag the EPA, because in California, we can already see the effects of global warming in the form of extreme fires and devastating storms.