Congress Has a Plan to Acheive 100% Clean Energey by 2050

December 9, 2015
Editorial

World leaders from over 190 countries are meeting right now in Paris to develop global plans to reduce carbon emissions and overcome the threat of climate change. With 2015 shaping up to be the hottest year ever recorded, these talks are more urgent than ever. Extreme conditions are no longer a forecast, they are happening. The scientific consensus is overwhelming. A more diverse international coalition is calling for action.

The impacts of our warming globe are already plain to see, from raging floods to extended droughts, and heat waves to rising sea levels. Food scarcity, extreme weather, and increased conflict are projected to displace millions, making the refugee crisis we see now just a glimpse of what is in store. While no nation or people are safe from the reach of global warming, the poor are particularly susceptible to harm. Developing countries that lack the means for an adequate response and underserved communities in the United States share this terrible reality in common: they are climate change’s first victims.

The enormity of this threat is not lost on the global community. Few issues, if any, bridge disparate voices the way climate change does. Voices in small communities and large, artists and the scientific community are calling for a comprehensive solution.

The climate talks in Paris are proof that leaders from the farthest reaches of the globe hear their calls and are prepared to work for the protection of the planet. Despite this, some Congressional Republicans would rather shut down our government yet again than be a part of the solution. We cannot afford to let them – or the deep-pocketed special interests bankrolling their campaigns – sideline the United States in one of the most significant undertakings of the 21st century.

Read the full op-ed here.