We need leadership on climate
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We need action
While there are climate champions in Congress, far too many are ignoring or denying the problem. Some lawmakers want it both ways –recognizing the threat on the one hand, but opposing all actions to reduce climate pollution on the other.
The increasing cost of extreme weather
Climate change puts our families and communities at risk by worsening wildfires, increasing the severity of hurricanes, exacerbating drought and causing record-breaking heat waves, and more.
We cannot allow our Congressional leaders to ignore these increasing threats to our health, safety, and economy.
Signs of a thaw on climate action in Congress
While climate action has been caught up in partisan polarization for far too long, there is some early indication of a return to a common-sense bipartisan approach. But we need increased ambition and urgency from both sides of the aisle to address the climate crisis.
Some signs of a thaw:
- Early in 2018 Congressman Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) introduced a bill to fund infrastructure by putting a price on carbon pollution.
- 46 Republican Congressmen voted to protect a provision asking the Department of Defense to report on climate risk to national security infrastructure.
- The Climate Solutions Caucus, a group whose purpose is to “explore policy options that address the impacts, causes, and challenges of our changing climate” now has 43 Republican Congressmen and 43 Democrat Congressmen in its membership.
Americans support action on climate
- A 2018 survey by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication shows that a majority of Americans are worried about the harm that their community will face from climate change, including from extreme heat, droughts, flooding and water shortages.
- A Gallup survey shows that 62% of Americans currently say the government is doing too little to protect the environment—the highest in 12 years.
- A Yale polling analysis found 77% of Americans, including majorities in every congressional district, support regulating carbon dioxide as a pollutant.
Diverse voices back solutions
Even as the Trump administration moves backwards, diverse and powerful companies and groups across the country are speaking out on the need to address climate change.
- Companies from BP America to Unilever are thanking Rep. Curbelo for his leadership on climate
- Thousands of cities, states, tribes, universities, and businesses say they’re “still in” and support the Paris Agreement
- Organizations representing diverse groups including the NAACP and the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda support robust action to address climate change
- Military experts agree climate change is a threat multiplier and ignoring it puts troops in harms’ way
- Over 4 million Americans are employed in sustainability and are leading the transition to a clean energy future