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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
Yesterday at the annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged to achieve “carbon neutrality before 2060” with the aim of hitting peak emissions before 2030. China had choice words for the Trump administration and its complete lack of international leadership on climate change action. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang […]
The world’s richest one percent cause more than double the CO2 of the poorest 50% according to a new study from Oxfam. From 1990 to 2015, CO2 emissions rose by 60%; experts saw the wealthiest one percent’s emissions rise three times more than those of the poorest half during that period.
Why this matters: While the wealthiest indulge in luxuries that contribute more to climate change, a federal report found that the poor will be among the earliest victims of climate crises and will be impacted the most.
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