Senators Form Bipartisan Caucus To Fight Climate Crisis
In a hopeful sign that Congress is about to step up and take a swing against climate change, two United States Senators have formed a bipartisan climate caucus that has grown to include eight members, and they look to take action.
The climate crisis is upon us, and the evidence is clear. As wildfires rage in California, Brazil and Australia and stronger hurricanes wreck the coastline with high winds and floods and global temperatures reach highs never before recorded, putting one million species around the globe at risk of extinction, humans face a catastrophe the likes of which we have never witnessed.
Our very survival is at stake, and that’s one major reason why the United States must lead the way to combat the crisis. The problem is that our nation has a president who is in bed with the fossil fuel industry and denies science and facts.
He is withdrawing our country from climate commitments and doubling down on a 19th-century source of energy that threatens to take us all the way past the point of no return.
That being said, while the White House refuses to act, Congress at least appears to be trying to step up, and that includes some Republicans.
Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Mike Braun (R-Ind.) created the bipartisan climate caucus to lay out the facts of climate change and agree on a plan to remedy it.
“Our caucus seeks to take the politics out of this important issue,” both lawmakers wrote in an op-ed. “Instead, members will commit to an honest dialogue, through which we can develop solutions that solidify American environmental leadership, promote American workers, and make meaningful progress on protecting our environment.”
The caucus began with only two members, but has quickly grown to eight members from both sides of the aisle, including Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Angus King (I-Maine), and Michael Bennett (D-Colo.) in addition to Coons and Braun.
Republicans, of course, are known for denying climate change despite the science, a stance that Romney has criticized.
“We look a bit like Neanderthals,” Romney said in a statement. “It’s real. We’ve got to take action. Science is more and more clear, and I think people will either be convinced or not as time goes on.”
“I think many probably just were not willing to say it,” Braun said. “To me, it’s chemistry and physics, and I’m not going to deny that.”
The problem is that while the creation of this caucus is a nice sentiment, scientists have been warning that action must be taken now if we are going to prevent the worst effects of climate change run amok.
So far, this caucus is just talking. And even if legislation were crafted to take action, Republicans control the Senate and will block it while President Donald Trump would likely veto it. In short, it’s going to be up to the voters in 2020 to decide if our nation is going to lead the fight against climate change or not. And we had better make up our minds fast because disaster is coming either way.
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