The debate stages have been crowded. Candidates have had less time for their answers, and therefore less time to push beyond the surface on most topics. We only get to hear the shallowest talking points on how candidates will address the urgent question: how will they, as President of the United States, protect us from the worst effects of climate change?
Acknowledging climate change is an emergency
Year after year, we see the intensifying hurricanes and superstorms, polar vortexes, and unlivable heat indexes that are rising in parts of the world. We see infrastructure that is woefully out of date getting stressed and tested — and many times fail — to withstand these frequent and extreme weather events. We see the impacts of environmental injustice magnified by climate change, like when the manure lagoons flooded during Hurricane Florence and hog sh*t washed up into neighbors’ homes.
And credible reports from authorities like the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change give us until roughly 2030 — that’s less than 11 years away — to make sweeping reforms to our way of life to reduce carbon emissions. If we fail to do so, it may be game over for a livable climate for most humans.
If this moment weren’t challenging enough, we’re also facing the fact that industries like fracking and factory farming — industries that contribute to the pollution and way of life that feed into climate change — are DOUBLING DOWN on their investments to try to stop society from moving toward the options that can save us.
For those of us who care about the environment and a future for our loved ones, this is the big moment we’ve been waiting for. It is TIME TO ACT and demand a REAL climate change debate.
America is finally talking about a Green New Deal
In the last year, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey unveiled a resolution called the “Green New Deal” that has shaken up the status quo. Ideas like this are a step toward the 100% renewables future that we need.
But as proposals like the Green New Deal have helped make climate change and the need to transition to 100% renewable energy the prominent issue it needs to be, we cannot lose sight of the need to end our fossil fuel use. As our Organizing Co-Director Mark Schlosberg notes:
“We need to flip the switch on this immediately: we need to ban fracking and new drilling on federal lands, and stop the expansion of new pipelines, export facilities, fossil fuel power plants and other infrastructure because if we don’t, it will lock us into decades of fossil fuel-based energy production. We simply can’t allow it to continue if we’re going to make this pivot in time — and we need those who are with us to add their support.”
As our recent report “Fracking Endgame: Locked Into Plastic, Pollution, and Climate Chaos” notes, the fossil fuel industry is not going quietly into the night while we pave our new path to renewables. They plan to double down and unleash what equates to a “fracking invasion” by building out 700 new facilities in the near future.
We need a president who will stand unequivocally AGAINST the fracking and fossil fuel industry, and enable our pivot to 100% renewables in time to ensure a future for coming generations.
This is why the DNC owes it to the American voters to give us a #ClimateDebate all its own
The Democratic National Committee has resisted the call to give us a climate debate. But as we saw in the first debates, a few minutes across many candidates just isn’t going to get deep enough into the issues to make an educated choice about our next president — and climate change is too urgent to get this wrong. We need a REAL climate debate, with a respected environmental journalist moderating. Take action below to get this message through to the DNC — climate change won't wait until they're ready.
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