When I moved to Medford about ten years ago, I learned that Congressman Ed Markey was our US Representative to Congress from the 5th District, but didn’t think much of it at the time. Since then, living green and addressing climate change has become a major focus in my life so I began to take notice of what our Congressman was doing in Washington.
My first real appreciation that Congressman Ed Markey was a leader on climate change and the environment came in 2009 as I was following the Waxman-Markey Bill. The bill, formally known the American Clean Energy and Security
Act or HR2454 was co-authored by Congressman Markey and was the first and only legislation so far to pass either House of Congress with the goal of curbing green house gas emissions.
As I looked deeper into Congressman Markey’s record, I discovered the video of Congressman Markey presenting virtually at the Bali Climate Conference in 2007. Coincidentally, it was my brother-in-law Jeff, who was at the actual UN Climate Conference in Bali on behalf of OneClimate.net was responsible for coordinating the event from Bali.
I have since learned that Ed Markey’s record on the environment and climate change goes back to the beginning of his career in Congress where has consistently been a leader ever since. Recently, it was Ed Markey who forced BP to provide the live video stream of the disastrous BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. He made that happen while BP was still claiming it was a small leak.
You can find a plethora of specific speeches, legislation, interviews and more about the Congressman fighting for the environment in his Energy & Environment Issues section of his official Congressional website.