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  • Boston Globe Op-Ed: US must take the lead on Pope Francis’ call on climate change

    When Pope Francis releases his historic environmental encyclical this week, he will be preaching to the world, but the world will be looking to the United States to lead. The pope will deliver a practical message: Mankind created this problem of climate change, and now mankind must fix it. And as one of the world’s top emitters of the pollution that’s warming our planet, America has the moral obligation to act. More »

  • SouthCoast Today: Sen. Ed Markey wants Internet ‘erase button’ for kids

    U.S. Sen. Edward Markey wants web sites to come with an “erase button” that parents can use to scrub personal information about their children from the Internet. The proposal is one of several updates that the Massachusetts Democrat says are needed to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998, which he authored as a House member. “The Internet […] More »

  • USA Today: Collision-avoidance could be part of car ratings

    Legislation being proposed in the U.S. House and Senate today would require federal auto regulators to include information about collision-avoidance systems in their new car safety ratings. The legislation is being proposed by U.S. Sens. Dean Heller, R-Nev., and Ed Markey, D-Mass., and U.S. Reps. Todd Rokita, R-Ind., and Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore. It comes just […] More »

  • Demand insurance companies follow the law

    The Affordable Care Act was a huge victory in the fight to expand reproductive health services for women. Health insurance companies are now required by law to provide reproductive health care — like birth control — at little to no out-of-pocket cost. But according to recent studies, some insurance companies are ignoring that requirement. We […] More »

  • MetroWest Daily News: Washington’s response to the opioid crisis

    The opioid addiction epidemic is a crisis not just here in Massachusetts but across the country, and the federal government has a big role to play in addressing it. Fortunately, the crisis is producing something unusual in Congress: bipartisanship. One positive sign is the letter sent this week by two senators who don’t often see […] More »

  • Huffington Post: Refueling America’s Research

    When is the last time basic science research touched your life? If you’re using a cellphone or the Internet, drinking clean water, using public transportation, or receiving medical care, for example, then the answer is “right now”! Wherever you look, from health care to consumer goods, wireless communication to transportation, food to national security, we […] More »

  • It’s time to stem the tide of climate change

    Climate deniers in Congress want to muddy the political debate in Washington, but the science is crystal clear: Our planet is getting warmer. And humans are to blame. Yet Republicans in Congress continue to enable the biggest polluters out there — Big Oil and Dirty Coal — through massive tax subsidies and corporate loopholes. Climate […] More »

  • Confirm Loretta Lynch

    President Obama nominated Loretta Lynch to be our next Attorney General on November 8, 2014. For more than 150 days, Ms. Lynch has been waiting for a confirmation vote — a vote that Republican Senate Leader McConnell seems eager to avoid. Senator McConnell needs to schedule a vote on Loretta Lynch without further delay — […] More »

  • The Boston Globe: Ed Markey’s optimism for climate-change consensus

    SAY THIS for Senator Ed Markey: He is one irrepressible optimist. If you put your faith in careful research and scientific consensus rather than pseudo-science and sophistry, the politicization of climate change can be profoundly disheartening. Which is why it’s a tonic to talk to Markey. A longtime leader on the issue, he sees things […] More »

  • The Hill: Dem senator urges EPA to test ‘probably carcinogenic’ pesticides

    Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) is asking the Environmental Protection Agency to evaluate the herbicide glyphosate, amidst growing concerns that the chemical in one of the world’s most widely used weed killers “probably” causes cancer. The United Nations World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) released a scientific assessment of five organophosphate pesticides […] More »