A climate change resolution from Senate Democrats “fails the laugh test” and is insufficient to meet the challenges posed by environmental catastrophe, according to environmental groups.
“This resolution sets a low bar at a time when the fundamental transformation of our economy that delivers on the promise of a Green New Deal is the only real climate solution worth discussing,” Nicole Ghio, the fossil fuel program manager at Friends of the Earth, said in response to the resolution put forth by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), ranking member of the Environment and Public Works ranking member.
The Schumer and Carper resolution only asserts that climate change is real, caused by humans, and requires action from Congress.
Nowhere in the short document is there a call for action by a certain time nor did the resolution present any solutions, according to Ghio.
“This resolution is wasting time while our climate burns,” she said. “The window for moderate action on climate change has closed.”
The entire 47-strong Senate Democratic delegation (including Independents Angus King of Maine and Bernie Sanders of Vermont) support the Schumer-Carper resolution, giving the document an air of progressive unanimity that was cited by Carper in a floor speech Tuesday.
“We as Democrats may not agree about exactly how to address climate change, but we all agree it’s happening,” said Carper. “We agree human activity is the main cause and we agree we must act now.”
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