Environment and Public Works Committee Chair Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) wrote an op-ed in today’s San Jose Mercury News on the failed Climate Security Act that she championed in the Senate. In it, she argues that last week’s vote was an important advancement. “[O]ur strong vote proves that we are moving in the right direction,” she writes. She also notes that other landmark environmental laws took quite a bit of time to pass:
Our generation has been handed a tremendous challenge. Legislation to combat global warming will not happen overnight; it took 10 years to pass major Clean Air Act legislation. We started voting on comprehensive global warming legislation in the Senate five years ago. We must get there — scientists have told us clearly that time is not on our side.