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Democrats Will Hold Two Whole Days of Hearings on Climate Change
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=46576"><span class="small">Zoya Teirstein, Grist</span></a>   
Friday, 16 November 2018 09:21

Teirstein writes: "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."

Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, of New York's Fourteenth District speaks to protesters. (photo: Sarah Silbiger/The New York Times)
Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, of New York's Fourteenth District speaks to protesters. (photo: Sarah Silbiger/The New York Times)


Democrats Will Hold Two Whole Days of Hearings on Climate Change

By Zoya Teirstein, Grist

16 November 18


It’s Thursday, November 15, and Democrats will hold two whole days of hearings on climate change.

epresentative-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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+6 # Citizen Mike 2018-11-16 10:08
Ah, The Green Deal, that is a great tag to use! Let's keep repeating it, slogans are powerful political tools.
 
 
+3 # economagic 2018-11-16 12:41
Remember, that's "Green NEW Deal," to be accompanied with education on the nature, purpose, and effects of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal of 1932 that was the cornerstone of the Democratic party even in the Dixiecrat South until the 1970s. Chapter two would extend the history to what changed in the 1970s (Powell Memo, Buckley v Valeo, etc.) that turned the focus of the country from raising people up to robbing people to support corporations.
 
 
+4 # economagic 2018-11-16 13:12
The joint statement mentioned above is pretty good. I would hope that a nationwide tsunami of phone calls and emails would convince the committee that we know all we need to know at this point (to be summarized on Day One), and need to have a plan ON PAPER BY JULY 4, 2019 (to be outlined with some assignments made on Day Two).

The plan needs to spell out in detail what needs to be done when and by whom and how it will be funded in the next year, the next two years, and the next five years, in order to return to the trajectory laid out in the Paris Accord for zero CO2 emissions by 2050. It must include a margin for error (e.g., make the target date mid-2046, ten percent closer to today), because the latest IPCC report acknowledges that all previous reports have been overly optimistic due to factors not included in the models at the time. And the plan would necessarily be conditional and contingent upon new information on the processes of global warming and new technologies that will likely become available.

Of course "zero CO2" emissions is impossible. The real target would be something like the annual emissions of the year 1776, the year the Industrial Revolution really began to get up steam with James Watt's first commercial steam engine.

The amount of work to be done and the scale and scope of the changes in the way humans live on earth is far beyond even the mobilization for World War II, and the price of failure infinitely greater.