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Murray pushes climate as Senate tackles infrastructure, budget measures

Washington Democratic Sen. Patty Murray
Cliff Owen
The Associated Press file
Washington Democratic Sen. Patty Murray is pushing for measures that she says will be long-term investments in addressing the climate crisis.

Negotiations continue in the U.S. Senate around massive infrastructure and budget measures. U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Washington, is among the Senate Democrats pushing provisions aimed at addressing climate change.

In an op-ed for The Seattle Times earlier this month, she wrote about Washington’s recent deadly heat wave as well as the ongoing drought and wildfire conditions.

And she said now is the “best chance in decades at tackling the climate crisis in a meaningful, systemic way.”

Murray says the Senate's budget resolution needs to fund a national clean energy standard and provide funding for wildfire prevention, the electrification of things like school buses, and other measures to reduce carbon emissions.

And she says her Senate colleagues from other states are thinking about climate more and more. 

“Other parts of our country are seeing tremendous flooding,” Murray said. “They’re seeing other impacts to their economy, including huge storms that they’ve not had in the past. So everyone is feeling the impact of climate.”

Listen to the entire conversation above.

Ed Ronco is a former KNKX producer and reporter and hosted All Things Considered for seven years.