This week, Maria Hinojosa talks to Sen. Jeff Bingaman about how he plans to tackle global warming, America's dependence on oil, and possible criminal activities surrounding collecting royalties from Big Oil companies, in his new job as head of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
"We need to adopt a national, market-based cap and trade system, which would put limits on the amount of greenhouse gases that could be emitted, which would then allow companies to obtain allowance to omit and the could buy those from others or from the government."
"There is always the possibility that there was some criminal activity involved in [avoiding royalty payments]."
"I hope we can make progress on this climate change issue in this Congress. That's a real priority. Of course the Administration is going to have to change its view in order for us to move ahead and do anything of substance."
"I think that the evidence that has accumulated, the National Academy of Science, in particular their reports, but also the United Nations scientific group. I think it's really overwhelming that the problem [climate change] is serious and needs attention."
"We are going to try to put into law a requirement that more energy be produced from renewable sources."
About Jeff Bingaman
New Mexico Senator Jeff Bingaman is the soon-to-be chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which oversees national energy policy. Bingaman has been a member of the Senate since 1982. Prior to serving in the Senate, Bingaman served as New Mexico Attorney General from 1978 until his election to the Senate.
Bingaman is the ranking Democratic member of the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. He also serves on a number of other committees including: the Finance Committee; the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and the Joint Economic Committee.
He attended Harvard University and later graduated from Stanford Law School. Bingaman is married and has one child.
Letter from Sen. Bingaman, Sen. Boxer and Sen. Lieberman to President Bush on global warming [pdf]
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