In the October 2006 Washington Watch article in BioScience, Barton Reppert reports that in the absence of a federal policy direction, state and local governments are beginning to address global climate change on their own.

Following is a brief excerpt from the article:

Back in 1992, Representative Henry A. Waxman (D-CA) introduced legislation aimed at dealing with global climate change by controlling emissions of greenhouse gases. Fourteen years later, the California Democrat and other environmentally conscious lawmakers are still waiting for Congress to act and set US national policy on global warming.

On 20 June 2006, Waxman and 12 cosponsors launched another effort, introducing the Safe Climate Act (H.R. 5642). “Global warming is the greatest environmental challenge of our time, and we have a short window in which to act to prevent profound changes in the climate system,” Waxman declared. “Unless we seize the opportunity to act now, our legacy to our children and grandchildren will be an unstable and dangerous planet.” He added that “it’s simply too late for legislative baby steps.”

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