Safe Climate Caucus Recognizes Milestone of 100th Day of Speeches

Dec 3, 2013 Issues: Safe Climate Caucus

WASHINGTON, DC— Today Rep. Henry A. Waxman, chair of the Safe Climate Caucus, spoke on the House floor regarding the urgent need to address climate change.  Members of the Safe Climate Caucus have spoken each day since the Caucus’s founding in February on climate change, and today marks the 100th day of speeches.

“We are speaking out because we have a moral obligation to protect the atmosphere for our children and grandchildren,” said Rep. Waxman.  “We have to break the conspiracy of silence and denial that exists in the House about the most serious environmental threat we have ever faced.  History will not judge us kindly if we fail to act while there is still time.”

The Safe Climate Caucus has over 30 members from across the country, both junior and senior members of Congress, committed to raising awareness about climate change.  They have delivered speeches on a wide range of topics ranging from extreme weather to clean energy to the overwhelming scientific consensus on climate change.  A member of the Safe Climate Caucus has spoken each legislative day since the Caucus started on February 15, except during the Republican government shutdown, delivering 122 speeches over the 100 days. 

The group includes:  Reps. Henry A. Waxman, Earl Blumenauer, Lois Capps, Matt Cartwright, Judy Chu, Emanuel Cleaver, Steve Cohen, Peter DeFazio, Ted Deutch, Lloyd Doggett, Donna Edwards, Keith Ellison, Tulsi Gabbard, John Garamendi, Raul Grijalva, Rush Holt, Jared Huffman, Hank Johnson, Barbara Lee, Alan Lowenthal, Ben Ray Lujan, Carolyn Maloney, Doris Matsui, Jerry McNerney, Jim Moran, Mark Pocan, Bobby L. Rush, Adam Schiff, Paul Tonko, Chris Van Hollen, and Peter Welch.

Highlights from past Safe Climate Caucus speeches are available online here.

For more information about the Safe Climate Caucus and additional speeches throughout the day, visit

Rep. Capps' speech is available online here.  Click here for a full transcript. 

Rep. Matsui's speech is available online here.  Click here for a full transcript.

See below or click here to watch Rep. Waxman’s speech and click here for a full transcript.