Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has quickly become known as one of the loudest voices in Congress even though she only began her House term in January. She has become a strong advocate for much needed change on a variety of issues including climate change.
On Tuesday, Cortez and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) are expected to a joint resolution with Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), declaring climate change as an official emergency.
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According to MSN News, the resolution reportedly reads:
‘The global warming caused by human activities, which increases emissions of greenhouse gases, has resulted in a climate emergency( that) severely and urgently impacts the economic and social well-being, health and safety, and national security of the United States.’
The resolution also says:
‘(It) demands a national, social, industrial, and economic mobilization of the resources and labor of the United States at a massive-scale.’
A spokesperson for Sanders said:
‘President Trump has routinely declared phony national emergencies to advance his deeply unpopular agenda, like selling Saudi Arabia bombs that Congress had blocked.
‘On the existential threat of climate change, Trump insists on calling it a hoax. Senator Sanders is proud to partner with his House colleagues to challenge this absurdity and have Congress declare what we all know: we are facing a climate emergency that requires a massive and immediate federal mobilization.’
Many climate activists have been calling for this legislation because of what the data shows, which is that nations are not on track to limit the dangerous heating of the planet significantly enough.
According to the UN, the world is experiencing one climate disaster every week. Mami Mitzutori, the UN secretary-general’s special representative on disaster risk reduction said:
‘This is not about the future, this is about today.
‘People need to talk more about adaptation and resilience.’
The economic firm Rhodium Group released a new analysis which found that the U.S. might achieve less than half of the percentage of pollution reductions it promised other countries in an international agreement.
According to The Guardian:
‘Sixteen countries and hundreds of local governments, including New York City last month, have declared a climate emergency already, according to the advocacy group the Climate Mobilization. The activist group Extinction Rebellion has said the delcaration is a crucial first step in addressing the crisis.’
After Mr. Trump declared an emergency at the U.S. border with Mexico in hopes of building a wall, Rep. Blumenauer’s office decided it was time to draft the resolution. The measure is likely to pass in the House, but it is highly unlikely to pass the Republican-controlled Senate.
Trump and his administration have questioned the scientific fact that humans are causing the climate crisis. The Guardian reported:
‘They have downplayed the risks of rising temperatures and gutted government efforts to limit the heat-trapping pollution from power plants, cars and other sources.’
In a speech on Monday at the White House, Trump falsely touted the U.S. as an environmental leader.
Several of the Democratic candidates for president have laid out plans for cutting emissions and nearly all of them have said that it is a top issue. In the past, Sanders has prioritized the climate crisis and has suggested policy options.
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