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Springfield Republican: Sen. Ed Markey to become chair of U.S. Senate Climate Change Clearinghouse

During his 37 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, Democrat Ed Markey built a reputation as a legislator concerned about the environment. And now as the junior U.S. senator from Massachusetts, he is set to become the new chair of the Senate Climate Change Clearinghouse.

Although the clearinghouse is an unofficial open forum for members of the Senate, it is the place where ideas for environmental legislation may take form. Markey, who had significant support from environmentalists in the special election to replace John Kerry, takes the duty along with co-chairs and Democratic senators Barbara Boxer of California and Ron Wyden of Oregon.

“I’m honored to join Senator Boxer and Senator Wyden in leading the Climate Change Clearinghouse. The dangers of climate change are clear,” Markey said in a statement. “The costs to the United States are real. And the need for action from the public, businesses and government is urgent. I look forward to working with all the members of the Clearinghouse to find solutions to the threat climate change presents to us and to future generations.”