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Springfield Republican: Sen. Ed Markey: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report cause for action

Citing the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report issued to the United Nations Friday as cause for action, U.S. Sen. Ed Markey is hailing the work of the team of scientists whose report determined that most of the planet’s global warming is indeed man-made.

The report, compiled by 600 contributing authors from 32 countries, concluded that the atmospheric concentrations of the greenhouse gases carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide have all increased since 1750 due primarily to human activity.

“The scientists have spoken clearly, we’re seeing impacts all over our planet, and now it is time for Congress to listen and re-engage on the most critical issue facing our planet. Climate change deniers in Congress have run out of excuses to support action,” Markey said in a statement. “If Senators truly followed the science in this report, we’d have more than 95 votes for action to match the more than 95 percent certainty that we are altering our planet for the worse. Yet too many corners of our Capitol are polluted with special interest fossil fuel money that sows doubt and delays solutions.”

Markey, who built a reputation as an environmentally friendly legislator during his 37 years in the House of Representatives, this week was named chair of the Senate Climate Change Clearinghouse, a think tank for senators interested in environmental legislation.

Markey is also the co-chair of the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change, and is chairman of the subcommittee that handles international environmental issues for the Foreign Relations Committee.