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Why This Matters: If Democrats win back the Senate this November, their majority will likely be a slim one. And in order to pass any climate legislation, that slim majority will need the votes of more moderate Democratic senators like Joe Manchin (WV), Sherrod Brown (OH) who support shale development. And if former Governor John Hickenlooper wins the senate race in Colorado, his past stances would indicate that he’s not in favor of a fracking ban. Senate Democrats don’t have the leeway to be as progressive in their climate goals as their House counterparts, but this plan is an important start to making progress.
“In March 2019, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer established the Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis to examine the effects of climate change on the country and develop a strategy to address it. Over the past year, the committee has held 10 hearings and a dozen closed-door meetings, solicited input from several specific stakeholder groups, and reviewed thousands of public comments.”
Chaired by Senator Brian Schatz (HI), the special committee was created in response to Senate Republicans’ inaction on climate change as well as Republican Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) refusal to schedule or allow for a vote on the resolution to establish a bipartisan select committee on the climate crisis.
Roberts went on to explain that while the recently-released report from the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis was technocratic, heavy on the nuts and bolts of policy,
“the Senate committee report is a much more political document. It is focused on the political barriers to action, getting allies on the same page, and overcoming well-funded opponents. It specifically addresses unions, environmental justice communities, and farmers, and recommends reforms to the financial system and dark money in politics.”
And that truly seems to be the broader goal of what Senate Democrats hope to achieve: a counterbalance to the dark money and coordinated special interest groups (like the Koch network) that are so apt at stalling and stopping bold federal climate action. Ultimately, the political armies employed by the likes of the Kochs to preserve their fossil fuel empire have wasted precious years in climate action that needed to be taken. If we can take away the power of special interests to stall climate action, that will be a win for everyone wanting to live on a habitable planet.
by Miro Korenha, co-founder/publisher Our Daily Planet As ABC6 reported, yesterday, “declaring “America is back,” President-elect Joe Biden introduced selections for his national security team Tuesday, his first substantive offering of how he’ll shift from Trump-era “America First” policies by relying on foreign policy and national security experts from the Democratic establishment to be some […]
by Miro Korenha, co-founder/publisher Our Daily Planet Yesterday, President-elect Joe Biden named former Secretary of State John Kerry as Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, also announcing that he will sit on the National Security Council. As the Biden transition team wrote in a press release announcing the appointment: “This marks the first time that the […]
A study published last week in the journal Nature provides a new view on the extinction crisis — that most of the planet’s species are not in decline and the ones that are in deep trouble are “clustered.”
Why This Matters: Is the glass half empty or half full? It all depends on how you look at it. These scientists argue that “the way global averages were being estimated could be strongly influenced by a small number of populations that were experiencing extreme declines, even if most were stable.”
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