July 09, 2019
On Tuesday, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) introduced a resolution asking for Congress to declare climate change an emergency.
“Today I introduced legislation with @AOC and @repblumenauer to declare climate change as a national emergency,” Sanders tweeted. “And not only is it that-it is a GLOBAL emergency. And we have less than 12 years to take real action. We must have the courage to stand up to the fossil fuel industry.”
And not only is it that—it is a GLOBAL emergency. And we have less than 12 years to take real action.
We must have the courage to stand up to the fossil fuel industry. pic.twitter.com/MsrTJ3clOZ
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) July 10, 2019
“Do not let anyone convince you that we lack the ability as a nation to address the climate crisis,” Sanders wrote in a separate tweet. “The problem we face is the lack of political will to take on the greed of the fossil fuel industry.”
Senator Sanders and Representatives Ocasio-Cortez and Earl Blumenauer (D-Or.) plan to unveil the resolution this week in the House and as early as next week in the Senate.
The resolution calls for the United States to officially declare climate change an emergency and to begin mass mobilization in order to halt and reverse its consequences.
“2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 were the four hottest years on record and the 20 warmest years on record have occurred within the past 22 years,” the resolution reads, saying that during the last fifty years, “the total costs of natural disasters… [were] approximately $100 billion per year.”
Advocates for this resolution addressed “the need to initiate a WWII-scale emergency speed mobilization of all available resources to solve the climate crisis.”
Representative Blumenauer criticized President Donald Trump’s “unjustifiable moves” to declare a national emergency on the southern U.S. border with Mexico.
“It’s time for Congress to take a stand,” said Blumenauer. “We are already seeing disastrous impacts.”
Senator Sanders acknowledged that there are “many, many challenges facing this country,” but said that “at the top of the list must be the existential threat to our planet in terms of the damage that climate change is doing.”
“The scientific community is telling us, in no uncertain terms, that we have fewer than 12 years to transition if we are going to leave this planet in any way that is healthy and habitable,” Sanders added.
“Obviously it’s not just an American issue, but a global issue,” he said, calling for the need for “American leadership.”
– MK. II