She’ll be waiting for Snoop Dogg’s set

boxer.jpgSenate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., will watch tomorrow’s Live Earth concerts — a 24-hour series of concerts in nine cities on seven continents, expected to be viewed by 2 billion people, calling attention to the issue of global warming — from her Oakland home, she told reporters this morning.

“Yes, I’m going to watch everything that I can,’’ she said. “For me the most important thing is action, I’ve got to get the votes out of my committee — I’m going to watch the party, but boy I have a lot of work ahead of me.”

Boxer said she approaches the issue “with hope, not fear.”

“Just six months ago few would’ve predicted that meaningful action on global warming was possible in this Congress,” she said, yet an unrelenting stream of scientific evidence and expert testimony has “begun to build the consensus that I was so hopeful for when I took the gavel.”

U.S. Sen. John Warner, R-Va., and U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., last week announced they’ll collaborate to draft an economy-wide global warming bill that includes a cap-and-trade program, she noted — a bipartisan effort that could finally kick the federal government into gear on an issue for which hundreds of cities and dozens of states already have committed to action. “People all over the world realize action on global warming is needed now … and Americans are far ahead of our government.”

On the same conference call, MoveOn.org Political Action Executive Director Eli Pariser said the hubbub around Live Earth is adding up to his group’s biggest series of events since the 2004 presidential election. Tens of thousands of Americans will attend MoveOn-organized house parties tomorrow, and with help from partner organization Avaaz.org, almost 10,000 such parties are expected to be held worldwide.

Previously scheduled for eight cities but nixed from the nation’s capital by Republican critics, Live Earth will have a show in Washington, D.C., after all: a last-minute affair at the National Museum of the American Indian, kicked off tomorrow morning by country music stars Garth Brooks — upon whom global-warming guru Al Gore reportedly prevailed upon personally to give an out-of-retirement performance — and Trisha Yearwood.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Florence

    Snoop Dogg for president! The new platform.

    1 term of Hilary (perhaps 2) then it’s Snoop Dogg’s time.

    Beautiful state of the union address by the way. Love your politics, and Hilary’s. Obama’s great, perhaps after Snoop though ;).

    Together is a dangerous line to walk, but with intelligence and honesty it can be done.

    For Co-Operation,