Senate Democrats have formed another task force to raise the profile of climate change. Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) will lead the Climate Action Task Force, which will be officially announced on Tuesday.

Boxer told reporters that “this isn’t a legislative task force” as they don’t have the votes to pass legislation to price carbon. The group, however, would put forward legislation on building efficiency and renewable energy. The task force will “use the bully pulpit of the Senate to wake up our colleagues to the threat of climate,” said Senator Boxer.

The new initiative is not the only climate change caucus in Congress. Senator Boxer formed a climate change clearinghouse last year. Senator Edward Markey (D-MA) will take over leadership of that group, which allows members of Congress to explore aspects of climate change during weekly meetings. The Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change is co-chaired by Senator Whitehouse and Representative Henry Waxman (D-CA).


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