Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Set to Declare Climate Change a National Emergency
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is declaring climate change an official national emergency via a congressional resolution. She, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) will introduce the measure today. “The global warming caused by human activities, which increase emissions of greenhouse gases, has resulted in a climate emergency” that “severely and urgently impacts the economic and social well-being, health and safety, and national security of the United States,” the resolution says. It comes as the UN has warned the world is experiencing one climate disaster every week. A new analysis from the economic firm Rhodium Group finds the U.S. might achieve less than half of the percentage of pollution reductions it promised other countries in an international agreement, The Guardian reports. Sixteen countries and hundreds of local governments, including New York City last month, have declared a climate emergency already. The resolution says Congress “demands a national, social, industrial, and economic mobilization of the resources and labor of the United States at a massive-scale.” However, even if the resolution passes and was signed by the president, it would not force any action on climate change. Research shows that people of color shoulder a heavier burden from toxic water, contaminated air, and dwindling natural resources. More here.