SIT-IN IN FOR GREEN NEW DEAL IN PELOSI'S OFFICE BRINGS PLEDGE OF TWO DAYS OF CLIMATE CHANGE HEARINGS

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16 november 2018

Democrats Will Hold Two Whole Days of Hearings on Climate Change

By Zoya Teirstein, Grist via Reeader Supported News

16 November 2018

Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joined 150 young activists crowded into Nancy Pelosi’s office on Tuesday for a sit-in. Their goal? To get Pelosi, who hopes to become the next Speaker of the House, to commit to what they consider a “real” climate agenda. They’re pushing for something that was part of Ocasio-Cortez’s platform: a Green New Deal.

It looks like the activist’s efforts may be paying off. Democrats just announced they will hold two days of climate change hearings once the next session of Congress fires up in January. Items on the agenda include climate impacts and potential solutions.

The Dems who will likely be the next chairs of the House Energy and Commerce, Natural Resources, and Science committees released a joint statement on Wednesday announcing the hearings. “Our rapidly changing climate, and the Trump administration’s efforts to take us in the wrong direction, seriously jeopardize our future,” they wrote. “We plan to hit the ground immediately with a series of hearings early in the next Congress on how best to combat this growing global crisis.”

HYFR! Climate has been decidedly OFF the agenda in the GOP-controlled House during the past eight years, so this is definitely a step in the right direction. Here’s hoping it gets us closer to enacting an economy-wide solution to rising emissions.


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