Senator Amy Klobuchar to Hold Climate Change Forum at Gustavus

Posted on February 15th, 2008 by

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar will speak at Gustavus on Feb. 19 on climate change.

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar will speak at Gustavus on Feb. 19 on climate change.

United States Senator Amy Klobuchar will convene a climate change forum from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19 at Gustavus Adolphus College. The forum will take place in Alumni Hall, located in the O.J. Johnson Student Union.

Klobuchar will speak about federal climate change legislation and highlight the opportunities for positive action in both Washington and through grassroots action on college campuses across the country.

Klobuchar is a sponsor of the bipartisan America’s Climate Security Act, which would introduce a “cap-and-trade” system with market-based incentives to reduce greenhouse gas pollution by 70 percent by 2050. The bill has passed the Senate Environment Committee and will soon be considered by the full Senate.

At the forum, Klobuchar will also hear from several panelists who will address what Gustavus and the surrounding community are doing on climate change. Those panelists include:

  • Jim Dontje, Director of the Johnson Center for Environmental Innovation
  • Lou Giesking, Director of Public Works for the city of St. Peter
  • J. Drake Hamilton, Science Policy Director with Fresh Energy
  • Amanda Varley, Gustavus student and intern with the Will Steger Foundation

After one year in the Senate, Klobuchar is already a national leader on the climate change issue. She serves on three Senate committees directly involved with the issue: Environment, Agriculture, and Commerce. Last year she visited Greenland to observe firsthand the dramatic early impact of climate change evident there.

This event is open to the public and free of charge.


Media Contact: Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication JJ Akin


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