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Proposal for US to Declare Climate Emergency

Discussion in 'The Green Room' started by Laika, Jul 8, 2019.

  1. Laika

    Laika Well-Known Member
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    Article from the Guardian:

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    A group of US lawmakers including 2020 Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders are proposing to declare the climate crisis an official emergency – a significant recognition of the threat taken after considerable pressure from environment groups.

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic congresswoman from New York, and Earl Blumenauer, a Democratic congressman from Oregon, plan to introduce the same resolution in the House on Tuesday, their offices confirmed. Sanders’ office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    Climate activists have been calling for the declaration, as data shows nations are not on track to limit the dangerous heating of the planet significantly enough. The UN has warned the world is experiencing one climate disaster every week. A new analysis from the economic firm Rhodium Group today finds the US might achieve less than half of the percentage of pollution reductions it promised other countries in an international agreement.

    Sixteen countries and hundreds of local governments, including New York City last month, have declared a climate emergency already, according to the advocacy group the Climate Mobilization. The activist group Extinction Rebellion has said the declaration is a crucial first step in addressing the crisis.

    Blumenauer’s office said he decided to draft the resolution after Donald Trump declared an emergency at the US border with Mexico so he could pursue building a wall between the two countries.

    In Congress, Democrats in control of the House might have enough support for the resolution, but Republicans in the majority in the Senate are not likely to approve.

    Trump and his administration have questioned the science showing that humans are causing the climate crisis. They have downplayed the risks of rising temperatures and gutted government efforts to limit the heat-trapping pollution from power plants, cars and other sources.

    Despite that record, Trump is planning to tout the US as an environmental leader in a speech on Monday at the White House.

    Even if the resolution passed and was signed by the president, it would not force any action on climate change. But advocates say similar efforts in Canada and the United Kingdom have served as a leverage point, highlighting the hypocrisy between the government position that the situation is an emergency and individual decisions that would exacerbate the problem.

    Several of the Democrats running for president have rolled out partial or full blueprints for cutting emissions. Nearly all have said it is a top issue. Sanders has a history of prioritizing the climate crisis, and has previously suggested specific policy options, but he has yet to release his own proposal.

    Do you think the United States should Declare a Climate Emergency? And will it actually help deal with the crisis or is it just a PR stunt? Your thoughts?
     
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  2. Nakosis

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    If the US government will invest into the science, work on real solutions to the problem, and not invest into the politics, I'm all for it.
     
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  3. BSM1

    BSM1 What? Me worry?

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    Another example of group insanity.
     
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  4. sun rise

    sun rise "This is the Hour of God"
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    The right will of course ignore that a wonderful solution is to plant trees - that's what the science says. I'm just waiting for the right to start advocating destroying trees.

    Want to Fight Climate Change? Plant 1 Trillion Trees. for anyone that wonders what I'm talking about,
     
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  5. metis

    metis aged ecumenical anthropologist

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    Ya, therefore I propose that you therefore find a different group. :p
     
  6. BSM1

    BSM1 What? Me worry?

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    Didn't find these nut jobs. They're being forced on us....
     
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    Do you think the US military is suffering from the same insanity?

    Navy officials called attention to Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia. The world’s largest naval station “is experiencing sea level rise averaging 4.6mm per year, with a 5.1mm increase in 2017.” As well, “land subsidence, and changing ocean currents have resulted in more frequent nuisance flooding and increased vulnerability to coastal storms.”
    These Are the US Military Bases Most Threatened by Climate Change

    Heard a report that even Trump accepts climate change, just downplaying the actual threat. However there does seem to be an actual threat to US bases.
     
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    metis aged ecumenical anthropologist

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    Not really.
     
  9. sun rise

    sun rise "This is the Hour of God"
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    The amazing and sad thing is that a sane, simple, easy to implement, cheap and non-financially distrupting approach is staring people in the face. All the right can do is complain and whine while many on the left look at sub-optimal solutions.
     
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    US just increased intensity of fracking from 10 to 12 mb per day...
     
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    The US plants 1.6 billion trees a year. Mostly I suspect to sustain the forest industry. Something Europe failed to do.
    Deforestation & forest degradation
     
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    Each year Americans plant at least 1.6 billion trees or about 6 trees for each one we use. Of this total, forest products companies plant about half, or threequarters of a billion trees, annually. These figures actually understate the nation's true reforestation rate as they don't include millions of hardwood trees that are not planted because they regrow naturally.
    Forest Tree Planting
     
  13. Ellen Brown

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    We should see the urgency, but I doubt that we will until those who survive are sitting on the curbs outside burned out buildings eating tuna out of the can.
     
  14. Evangelicalhumanist

    Evangelicalhumanist "Truth" isn't a thing...
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    Best and simplest solution? Plant a trillion trees.

    Heck, the seeds are easy to get, and you can give everybody and a shovel, a spoon, or nothing at all to everybody around you, and getting those seeds in any available piece of ground is easy. Then they tend to grow themselves. And they are an absolutely fabulous carbon sink.
     
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    You are just adding to the "sky-is-falling" hysteria. Research that "4.6 m" rise and you will see that this has come over 91 years, not in the recent history.


    Which is what?
     
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    Or NASA, for that matter?
    NASA: Climate Change and Global Warming

    It's pathetic how fossil fuel lobbyists (no profit driven agenda there :rolleyes:) and their pet politicians manage to dupe their dopey backwater constituents in believing that they know better than the international scientific community.
     
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    If you believe that science is bunk, what business do you have using technology?
     
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    The state of emergency would be putting these people in charge.
     
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  20. Enoch07

    Enoch07 It's all a sick freaking joke.
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    Ihlan Omar is in that picture. Who wants to get rid of U.S. Customs and Border patrols. Its almost like they are are actively working to lower the defenses and weaken the U.S. from the inside.

    I believe it time we start talking about treason within the DNC.
     
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