This past May, we crossed 400 parts per million of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere -- a level the earth hasn't experienced in 300 million years. Hurricanes and violent storms are increasing in intensity and frequency, causing a rising death toll and massive economic damage. The time for dramatic and immediate action is now. It's just common sense -- especially when doing so will create good-paying jobs around the country.
In the state legislature, I led the fight for a comprehensive climate change bill, which led to the cap on carbon emissions. And just last year I sponsored a bill to ensure accountability in Massachusetts' energy efficiency programs and to promote green job creation in our state.
It is absolutely critical that the US takes the lead on curbing global climate change. We must invest in the development and manufacturing of green products and technologies here at home. And abroad, we must force China and India to play by the same environmental rules as the rest of us. In Congress, I will be a staunch supporter of cap-and-trade laws and imposing a carbon tax.
My work on environmental issues in the state house has earned me a 104% rating with the Massachusetts League of Environmental voters.