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Bernie Sanders on Climate Change Report: 'We've Got to Wake Up and Address These Issues'
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=46774"><span class="small">Brett Samuels, The Hill</span></a>   
Tuesday, 27 November 2018 14:22

Samuels writes: "Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Sunday called a governmental report on climate change that paints a bleak picture of its effects on the U.S. moving forward 'very alarming,' and slammed the Trump administration for what he called its refusal to address the issue."

Senator Bernie Sanders. (photo: Greg Nash/Getty Images)
Senator Bernie Sanders. (photo: Greg Nash/Getty Images)


Bernie Sanders on Climate Change Report: 'We've Got to Wake Up and Address These Issues'

By Brett Samuels, The Hill

27 November 18

 

en. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Sunday called a governmental report on climate change that paints a bleak picture of its effects on the U.S. moving forward "very alarming," and slammed the Trump administration for what he called its refusal to address the issue.

"What Congress has got to do is take Trump on, take the fossil fuel industry on and transform our system to sustainable energy," Sanders said on CBS's "Face the Nation."

"When we do that, we are going to lead the world in saving the planet, and we are going to create millions of decent paying jobs," he continued.

"This is a very alarming report and we’ve got to wake up and address these issues," Sanders continued.

The congressionally-mandated report, which was released on Black Friday, found that climate change has led to an increase in temperature and a rise in sea levels. It warned that its effects will lead to more intense wildfires, floods and other disasters if left unchecked.

The report additionally warns that taking certain measures to address climate change could shrink the U.S. economy.

The Vermont senator argued that the scientific community has been unwavering in its findings on the reality of climate change, even as President Trump and members of his administration cast doubt on the issue.

"It is amazing to me that we have an administration right now that still considers climate change to be a hoax. Who is not sure about whether it is man made," Sanders said.

"But this is not an issue where we can debate," he added. "The reality is real, the scientific community has made it 100 percent clear that this is a major crisis."

Sanders and other progressive lawmakers have pushed for the U.S. to end its reliance on fossil fuels and take other steps to protect the environment. Rep-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has supported a "Green New Deal," which consists of ambitious goals like getting 100 percent of the nation’s electricity from renewable energy sources.

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+2 # SOF 2018-11-27 20:51
It occurs to me that the deniers, the unsure, the frightened, and the rest of the human would all benefit by a debate about climate change. This is where National Public Radio and television could be critically important in presenting a SERIES of debates and education about the science, the climate change data so far, the projections of climate related changes, repercussions, and expected future changes to climate, weather, food production, sea level rise, etc, etc. It could be a advertised as a BIG event, with...lots of advertising so everyone would know about it, and have informed discussions.... leading from what we see to what can be expected... In a way that only the stupid would ignore. Ignorance is the problem now. We don't know everything yet, but enough to know that we have to agree on basics and actions.
 
 
+1 # librarian1984 2018-11-28 23:28
Our political problems often come down to the mainstream media betraying their duties and responsibilitie s. The press hasn't done its job for decades.

We are at odds with the GOP, as usual. What's changed is the Democrats are now right-wing neoliberals and the msm is corporate.
 
 
+2 # tedrey 2018-11-28 00:49
Decision makers in the Trump administration and the carbon companies are betting trillions of dollars and many millions of lives that all scientific consensus is wrong. Is it harsh to suggest that if they turn out to be 'mistaken' in this, their own fortunes and their lives should be added to the ones they have sacrificed -- no plea bargaining allowed?