To stop climate chaos and save the planet, scientists tell us we need to make a rapid switch to 100 percent clean energy by 2050. Reps. Grijalva and Ellison have introduced a resolution calling for exactly that. Sign here to tell your member of Congress to sign on in support!
How many times have we told you a story about climate deniers and defeatists? From Senator Inhofe tossing a snowball on the floor of the Senate, to the disappointing bi-partisan vote to legalize crude oil exports last December -- it's hard for climate activists to find much nice to say about our Congress these days.
Well hang on to your hats, I've got some unabashed GOOD news, and it comes straight from the U.S. House of Representatives. Late last year, in a show of solidarity with the Paris climate deal, Reps. Grijalva and Ellison, co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) introduced an ambitious climate-change resolution calling for 50 percent clean energy by 2030 and 100 percent clean energy and zero carbon emissions by January 1, 2050.1
If you're as excited as I am that there's someone in Congress proposing real actions on climate change, sign here to ask your Representative to get on record supporting climate solutions!
It’s no secret that too many of our elected representatives remain committed climate deniers and defeatists. After all, Big Oil and other polluters poured more than $27,626,080 into the 113th Congress, and now they are looking for a return on their investments.2
It's good to know there are still some honest members of Congress. This resolution will tell us which ones are on board with climate action, and who's just paying lip service! The CPC resolution supports truly renewable energy. It calls for providing a just transition for workers who will be affected by the move towards renewables, and for trade deals to protect the environment.
Setting these priorities will help us avoid the most catastrophic impacts of climate change, and create millions of jobs. For example, shifting from landfills to recycling or composting will create 10 times more jobs than landfilling, while also reducing emissions. New renewable energy industries can provide opportunities for Americans who are unemployed or underemployed communities to work and receive the fair wages that have long eluded them. These solutions will deliver us the clean- energy revolution that our country desperately needs.1
That's why we've teamed up with a big coalition of national and local groups like the Sierra Club, Democracy for America, Friends of the Earth and more to ask every Representative to get on board with real climate action, not false solutions like nuclear energy, fracked natural gas and carbon capture and sequestration. Sign here to show everyone you want more members of Congress to commit to fighting climate change by supporting Rep. Grijalva and Rep. Ellison’s resolution, and I'll hand deliver your signature along with a coalition of activists two weeks from today.
Drew and the 100% by 2050 crew at Environmental Action
1 - Raul Grijalva, Keith Ellison and Mark Ruffalo, Congress Has a Plan to Achieve 100 Percent Clean and Renewable Energy by 2050, The Nation, December 9, 2015
2 - Oil Change International, Dirty Energy Money, 113th (2013-2014) House