April 25, 2008

CFI HELPS PASS CLIMATE CHANGE, GLOBAL WARMING, AND RENEWABLE ENERGY LEGISLATION                                                                                                   

By Steve Winkelman

Little doubt remains that climate change and global warming are realities that need to be dealt with-now. CFI is helping to pass legislation that addresses global warming and calls for renewable energy sources in the United States. We've been successful once again!

With CFI support, the Senate recently passed the New Direction for Energy Independence, National Security, and Consumer Protection Act, H.R. 3221.

Initially introduced by Representative and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the bill will move the U.S. toward greater energy independence and security, developing innovative new technologies; reducing carbon emissions; creating green jobs; protecting consumers; increasing clean renewable energy production; and modernizing our energy infrastructure. The House passed the bill in the Fall of 2007 and the Senate passed an amended version earlier this month within the Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2008.

Over the past three decades, private and government scientists have provided overwhelming evidence that the Earth's climate is undergoing significant, and some cases alarming, changes. Global warming is no longer a mere "hypothesis" but a fact confirmed by an enormous body of observations from many different sources. However, much can still be done to mitigate the effects of global warming and the associated climate change and CFI has pushed for such action with bills such as H.R. 3221.

To follow up after H.R. 3221, CFI staff will continue to work with members of Congress to ensure that climate change and global warming remain at the forefront of policy discussions in the Capitol. Toni Van Pelt, CFI Director of Government Affairs, and Dr. Stuart Jordan, emeritus senior staff scientist at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, recently met with staff members from House and Senate offices to help shape global warming and renewable energy legislation. "It's important that we continue to meet with policy decision makers on this issue," said Ms. Van Pelt, "Although they're headed in the right direction with [H.R. 3221], Congress still needs to continue taking steps towards developing renewable energy resources that will have the long term effect of decreasing global warming."

Since its inception, CFI has championed the issue of global warming and climate change. The Office of Public Policy has hosted numerous speakers to discuss global warming issues and in December 2006 CFI published its position paper "Global Climate Change Triggered by Global Warming," authored by Dr. Jordan. The full position paper can be found at: global_warming/

also see CFI-Office of Public Policy's new blog -warming-and-renewable-energy-legislation/