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Rep. Scott Peters Publishes Collection Of Climate Change Bills In 'Playbook'

Rep. Scott Peters, D-San Diego, speaks at a news conference in a Clairemont park, Jan. 21, 2016.
Rep. Scott Peters, D-San Diego, speaks at a news conference in a Clairemont park, Jan. 21, 2016.
Scott Peters, D-San Diego, has put forth a “Climate Playbook,” a compendium of 53 climate change bills in various stages of legislative development that address the issue of global warming.

Concerns among Americans over climate change have surged to record levels. An annual poll by Yale University published in January found that 73 percent of Americans accept that climate change caused by humans is happening and 72 percent said it’s personally important to them. This follows a year of devastating wildfires, storms and grave predictions by climate scientists.

All of this is roiling American politics, especially among Democrats. There is the "Green New Deal," a resolution calling for widespread action to mitigate climate change. And now Rep. Scott Peters, D-San Diego, has put forth a “Climate Playbook,” a compendium of 53 climate change bills in various stages of legislative development that address the issue of global warming.

"The Climate Playbook lays out dozens of bills authored by both Democrats and Republicans, most of which have already earned bipartisan support. They are written, they are ready, and we can pass them right now in their committees of jurisdiction and on the House floor. Because many have bipartisan support, it is feasible that many of these ideas can become law," Peters wrote in an essay published on Medium Wednesday.

An addendum to the "Playbook" lists which members of congress support the various bills.

As part of the KPBS Climate Change Desk, Peters joins Midday Edition Thursday to talk about the "Climate Playbook."

Rep. Scott Peters Publishes Collection Of Climate Change Bills In 'Playbook'
Scott Peters, D-San Diego, has put forth a “Climate Playbook,” a compendium of 53 climate change bills in various stages of legislative development that address the issue of global warming. You can hear this story and other local news every morning by subscribing to San Diego News Matters, KPBS’ daily news podcast. Subscribe via iTunes, Google Play or your favorite podcatcher.