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The Senate Majority Leader has made it clear that he won’t even allow debate of climate change, the most pressing issue of our time, on the Senate floor. He won’t take up climate bills passed by the House and is blocking the legislative power given to the U.S. Senate as set forth by our Constitution. Watch the video in the tweet above from the Senate Democrats where they ask the Majority Leader to at least allow debate on issues that have a big impact on American lives today.
Why This Matters: Leader McConnell’s actions extend beyond partisanship, he is actively grinding our democratic process to a halt and preventing the Senators elected by the American people to solve pressing issues they were sent to the Senate to solve. Republicans and Democrats might have different ideas about how to solve climate change but entirely preventing the process of debate is dangerous. Republicans hold the majority in the Senate so what is Leader McConnell afraid of, elected officials engaging in discourse and possibly reaching solutions?
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Earlier this month, devastating floods washed through western Germany, leaving people dead and swaths of cities destroyed. It was the worst flooding Central Europe has seen in decades, and the short, intense rainfall is “one of the hallmark manifestations of a human-warmed climate,” as Yale Climate Connections put it. […]
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Carbon border taxes are gaining popularity in North America and Europe, but many are skeptical that taxing imports from countries with weak emissions policies will encourage climate action. Others are calling border taxes unjust. John Kerry, the U.S. Climate Envoy, called border tax policies a “last resort.” Nevertheless, Congressional Democrats have already proposed one […]
While those of us in the conservation community believe every week should be shark week, this one in particular marks the Discovery Channel’s annual Shark Week. Each year brings jaw-some programming that allows audiences to learn more about these incredible animals that play a pivotal role in keeping our oceans healthy, often with celebrities partaking […]
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