Environmentalists lose ally in Congress with Boxer retiring

Jan 8, 2015 3:55 PM by News Staff

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Environmental advocates are losing an ally in Congress with Sen. Barbara Boxer's announcement that she won't seek re-election next year.

The 74-year-old California Democrat pushed for green energy and opposed oil development and nuclear power during more than three decades in office. She chaired the powerful Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works - a post she gave up after Republicans took control this year.

Sierra Club's Michael Brune called Boxer "one of the best friends to the environment."

While Boxer's green agenda won praise from environmentalists, business interests were not keen on her opposition to oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.

Despite her long support of environmental causes, Boxer has been unable to help pass meaningful legislation to curb global warming, considered her signature issue.

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