House and Senate Democrats led by Energy and Commerce ranking member Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) created a bicameral climate change task force January 24, and acknowledged that much of the burden to act lies with the Obama administration due to congressional gridlock. They and Representative Ed Markey, the third original member, sent a letter the same day to the president asking him to create a comprehensive climate change plan as quickly as possible that includes steps for federal agencies to reduce domestic emissions by at least 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020, accelerates clean energy investments, and creates a strategy for protecting the nation’s most vulnerable regions from the worst effects of climate change.
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