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When we look back in 30 years, it could be that 2019 will be remembered as the year that the climate emergency finally broke through — as the year when, thanks to the President’s absurd denials, a consistent focus on climate change by Democrats, and the relentless pounding of severe storms and record heat in every region, the majority of Americans now believe climate change is real and the U.S. government is not doing enough to address it.
In September, a poll released by CBS News found that a majority of Americans think action needs to be taken immediately to address climate change.
The Washington Post and Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) also conducted a poll and found that a “growing number of Americans describe climate change as a crisis, and two-thirds say President Trump is doing too little to tackle it.”
Why This Matters: Climate change will be a major focus in the 2020 elections. Just last week, in a new poll by our friends at the Environmental Voter Project, 14% of those surveyed said that “addressing climate change and protecting the environment” is their number one priority over all other issues, as compared with 2% to 6% before the 2016 presidential election. Indeed, the poll found that climate and environment voters are highly determined — they are willing to wait in line an average of an hour and 13 minutes at the polls in order to cast their votes. The facts of climate change — and its undeniable negative impacts being felt today from floods along the entire Mississippi River to a remarkably slow-moving hurricane that crawled up the Southeast coast, to fires and record-high temperatures from Rhode Island to Alaska — are now patently obvious to a majority of Americans. Perhaps they will care enough to vote against climate-denying politicians and thus impact the outcome of the 2020 elections up and down the ballot across America. We will see.
"Unlike the lies about his crowd size or his hand size, this is a lie that has consequences for people in their day-to-day lives so it's really shocking," says former NOAA General Counsel Monica Medina on Pres. Trump's erroneous insistence that Dorian was headed toward Alabama. pic.twitter.com/fmMkOXGEPc
By WW0 Staff For the United States, the post-Trump, pre-COP26 road to Glasgow has been paved with ambition and humility. In a major speech, the President’s Envoy, John Kerry, previewed the results of his climate diplomacy before heading into two weeks of intense deliberations of world leaders. Speaking at the London School of Economics — […]
Next week, the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow will draw hundreds of world leaders to Glasgow to determine the path forward five years after the Paris Climate Agreement (for a primer, read this) as new science underscores the urgency. The conference aims to squeeze countries to strengthen the commitments they’ve made towards securing global net-zero […]
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor In a report released last week, the Department of Defense (DOD) confirmed that existing risks and security challenges in the US are being made worse due to “increasing temperatures; changing precipitation patterns; and more frequent, intense, and unpredictable extreme weather conditions caused by climate change. Now, the Pentagon is […]
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