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Sen. Ed Markey
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Edward J. Markey has constructed an extraordinary legislative record since his first election to the United States Congress in 1976. As one of the most senior Members in Congress, he has shaped more than 20 years of telecommunications policy while championing consumer rights, health reform, the elimination of large monopolies, the conservation of environmental resources, the reduction of nuclear threats and the strengthening of our homeland security.

He is one of the most informed voices in Congress concerning both energy and environmental policy, and he has consistently advocated for consumer rights, clean tech, energy efficiency and environmental protection.

Senator Markey serves as the Ranking Member of the, Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health. He also serves on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and the Senate Committee on Small Business. He currently serves as Chair of the Senate Climate Clearinghouse.

Senator Markey’s legislative record spans the breadth of Congressional policymaking reflecting his former positions as a senior member of three key committees: the Natural Resources Committee, where he served as Ranking Member, the Energy and Commerce Committee, and the Committee on Homeland Security. Markey also had the honor of Chairing the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming during the 110th and 111th Congresses.

On Energy and Commerce, Markey served as Chair/Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet for 27 years.

In addition, he is the co chair of bipartisan Caucuses on Nonproliferation, on Privacy, on Alzheimer’s disease, and on Cystic Fibrosis. He is a fighter for the welfare of his constituents in the blue-collar and high-tech communities of his district north and west of downtown Boston and, as the dean of the Massachusetts delegation in the House, he also works to harness the energy and influence of his colleagues on behalf of the entire Commonwealth.

Competition remains Senator Markey’s economic mantra–in his words, “ruthless Darwinian competition that would bring a smile to Adam Smith.” Accordingly, he has been instrumental in breaking up anti-consumer, anti-innovative monopolies in electricity, long-distance and local telephone service, cable television, and international satellite services. He was one of the only members of the Commerce Committee to fight AT&T’s monopoly in the early 80s and is a principal author of the requirement that the Bell Operating companies accept local telephone service in the 90s. His pro-competition policies have directly benefited job creation in Eastern Massachusetts and throughout the country. Senator Markey is a champion for Net Neutrality and nondiscrimination on the Internet and for new sources of effective competition to cable TV franchises, local telephone operators, and satellite and other wireless services.

On energy and the environment, Markey led the effort to pass the landmark Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which boosted fuel economy for cars and trucks to 35 MPG by 2020 -the first increase in fuel economy in 32 years. He also co-author of the Waxman-Markey American Clean Energy & Security Act –the comprehensive energy and climate bill that included a Renewable Energy Standard, and a cap on dangerous carbon pollution.

He was one of the principal authors of HR 6, one of the first bills to pass the 110th Congress, seeking to recover $14 billion in unnecessary tax incentives to the oil and gas industry and redirecting that funding to a new fund for incentives for energy efficiency, renewable and alternative fuels. He led the effort to pass the landmark 1987 National Appliance Energy Conservation Act which has eliminated the need for hundreds of large carbon-emitting electric power plants by setting minimum energy efficiency standards for major energy-consuming household appliances such as air-conditioners, refrigerators and washer-dryers. His amendment to the Clean Air Act ensured that energy efficiency would be credited under the cap-and-trade system that has reduced acid rain.

In addition to leading the effort to raise the minimum fuel efficiency standards for cars and light trucks sold in America, and he has led the effort to prevent oil and gas drilling in the federally-protected Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The ongoing oil and gas drilling activity on the North Slope already leads to greenhouse gas emissions that exceed the emissions of Washington DC. From 1985-1987, he chaired the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Energy Conservation and Power Subcommittee, and from 1980-1984 he chaired the House Interior Committee’s Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee. He also serves as an honorary Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the nonprofit Alliance to Save Energy.

During his service in the U.S. House of Representatives, Markey served on the House Homeland Security Committee, Markey focused on closing gaps in our homeland defenses, particularly in the areas of nuclear, aviation, rail, liquefied natural gas and chemical security. National Journal named Markey to its “Homeland Security 100”, a list of the top leaders influencing homeland security policy, identifying him as “a tenacious watchdog, relentlessly prodding the Bush Administration to crack down on what he sees as critical gaps in the nation’s security. He is a key leader on providing privacy protections for personal information such as medical records, financial records, and purchases on-line. Markey is also leading the reform of the Food and Drug Administration, which continues to prevent important information concerning drug safety from being readily available to the public. As a leading consumer advocate in Congress, Senator Markey continues his legislative efforts to protect consumers from fatal fires through the establishment of the first federal standard for cigarette fire safety.

Entries by Sen. Ed Markey

Relegating Alzheimer's Disease to the History Books

(3) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 6:51 PM

Last weekend, CNN aired the television premiere of Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me, an extraordinary documentary about a beloved country music star's farewell tour during his fight against Alzheimer's disease. Faced with an inevitable decline, the award-winning singer performed 151 emotional and inspiring sold out concerts over a 15-month period....

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U.S. Must Take the Lead on Pope Francis' Call on Climate Change

(10) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 1:32 PM

This op-ed was previously published in the Boston Globe on June 16, 2015.

When Pope Francis releases his historic environmental encyclical this week, he will be preaching to the world, but the world will be looking to the United States to lead. The pope will deliver a practical message:...

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Refueling America's Research

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 11:27 AM

When is the last time basic science research touched your life? If you're using a cellphone or the Internet, drinking clean water, using public transportation, or receiving medical care, for example, then the answer is "right now"!

Wherever you look, from health care to consumer goods, wireless communication to transportation,...

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The Kennedy-Johnson Climate Legacy

(25) Comments | Posted February 7, 2015 | 7:42 PM

Fifty years ago today, Lyndon Johnson became the first president to warn about the increase of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. In a special message to Congress on this day in 1965, he included the emissions of carbon dioxide -- the main cause of global warming -- in...

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Asleep at the Wheel

(1) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 11:51 AM

In 2004, GM and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) had a secret meeting in which the attendees inexplicably agreed that cars that stalled on the road all by themselves was not necessarily a safety problem. Ten years later, the consequences of that meeting have been laid bare --...

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Protecting the Health of People and the Planet

(2) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 5:01 PM

In the single largest day of climate action in history, people around the world mobilized Sunday to demonstrate the urgency of combating climate change. In New York City alone, 400,000 people took to the streets. They sang, chanted, danced, held signs, waved flags, and marched several miles, taking...

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From Walden Pond to Wilderness: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act and the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act

(2) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 12:13 PM

"...in Wildness is the preservation of the World."

Henry David Thoreau's famous line was not published until a month after his death in 1862 in the essay "Walking." Thoreau spent much of the last decade of his life proclaiming the importance of nature and wilderness. His insight,...

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The Hot Air From EPA Climate Plan Critics

(7) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 4:12 PM

If you were wondering how long it would take climate change deniers and industrial polluters to analyze and criticize a new proposal to cut emissions from power plants, this week's historic announcement from the EPA gave us our answer: no time at all. And in one case, the criticism came...

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The Planet's Budget Crisis

(81) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 9:53 AM

As Congress focused on the federal budget and avoiding a possible government shutdown on Friday, the world's leading climate scientists warned of another budget crisis. In its fifth comprehensive report on climate change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) announced that we have almost maxed out our...

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Affordable Care Act; A Right for Future Generations

(0) Comments | Posted March 22, 2013 | 8:01 PM

Three years ago, President Obama signed into law the Affordable Care Act, the most
important bill I've ever voted for.

I was proud then to support health care reform, to ensure all Americans could get access to
affordable coverage, and I'm proud today that we've expanded access to...

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Take the Blindfolds Off of Gun Violence Researchers

(674) Comments | Posted January 20, 2013 | 10:56 PM

During each of the past ten years, an average of 32,000 people died from the flu. This certainly qualifies influenza as a major threat to public health. The federal government has responded in kind, spending approximately $430 million on flu research, vaccinations, and education every year. Given this high fatality...

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A Post-Sandy Plan for Climate Change: Protect, Prepare, Prevent

(201) Comments | Posted November 2, 2012 | 2:23 PM

Sandy's destructive path has left a scar on our nation. Our hearts go out to the families of the more than 90 people killed, and to the Americans still struggling without power, food and water.

But in Sandy's wake must be a wake-up call. Climate change is...

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50 Years After Rachel Carson's Silent Spring

(130) Comments | Posted September 27, 2012 | 1:02 PM

Today marks the 50th anniversary of Rachel Carson's book Silent Spring. For many, her book also marks the dawn of American environmentalism. Yet 50 years later, a new cloud of misinformation, misdirection and misanthropic attempts to stop any action on climate change renews Carson's clarion call for action to stop...

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The GOP's "Conventional" Wisdom

(57) Comments | Posted August 27, 2012 | 12:03 PM

Right now, the Republican National Committee is scrambling to reschedule events at their "convention reinvention" for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan because of Tropical Storm Isaac. They have already cancelled today's events, scrapped a speech by Donald Trump and are grappling with the fact that the nation's attention may turn...

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Friends With Words: A Review of Joe Romm's New Book Language Intelligence

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2012 | 7:05 PM

In the war of words, it's the words that win the war. And Joe Romm likes his words short, rhetorical, repeated and repeated again (and again).

Joe's new book, Language Intelligence, is GPS for modern day communicators.

Two decades in development, mining 25 centuries...

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The Grand Canyon: Not for Sale

(14) Comments | Posted January 16, 2012 | 10:40 PM

In the late 1960s, the daredevil Evel Kneivel lobbied the United States Government to jump over the Grand Canyon on his motorcycle. Believe it or not, jumping over the Grand Canyon has now become the second-craziest idea ever proposed about our nation's most iconic natural feature.

That is because the...

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Driven to Change

(13) Comments | Posted July 29, 2011 | 6:20 PM

President Obama and U.S. automakers have announced the latest phase of fuel economy standards, moving to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. This big win for consumers will result in a total savings of 3.5 million barrels of oil a day by 2030 compared to what we would...

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America Needs a New START

(12) Comments | Posted December 20, 2010 | 10:31 AM

As the Senate begins its debate on the New Strategic Arms Treaty (START), they need to ask themselves the question - do we want to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear bomb that could someday be used to attack Israel or other U.S. allies? Because that is the situation Sen....

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Time to Move Like the Wind to Save Clean Energy

(52) Comments | Posted December 8, 2010 | 1:53 PM

The framework tax deal announced this week by President Obama and GOP leaders in the Senate threatens to kill jobs in one of the sectors our nation needs most -- clean energy.

In its current form, the deal would allow the only effective federal support mechanism for renewable electricity...

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Building Online Ramps to Equal Access

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2010 | 4:40 PM

By Congressman Edward J. Markey, Mike Festa and Steven M. Rothstein

If you're an individual who's blind, deaf or both, navigating an intersection can be a challenge - but navigating the Internet can sometimes be even more difficult. That's because laws to ensure equal treatment for Americans with disabilities have...

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