US Democrats declare climate emergency
WASHINGTON, July 10: Democratic lawmakers, including six presidential candidates, on Tuesday unveiled a Congressional resolution declaring a climate change emergency to spur "sweeping reforms" to stem a dangerous rise in global temperatures.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) speaks during House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on contempt votes on whether to find Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress for withholding Census documents on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 12, 2019. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
The non-binding resolution, introduced by Democratic Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Earl
Blumenauer and Senator Bernie Sanders, "demands a national, social, industrial and economic mobilization" to "halt, reverse, mitigate and prepare for the consequences of the climate emergency and to restore the climate for future generations."
It responds to a projection by the United Nations Integovernmental Panel on Climate that the earth could warm 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels in less than 12 years, causing "irreversible, catastrophic changes" to the planet.
"To address the climate crisis, we must tell the truth about the nature of this threat," said Blumenauer.
"This is a political crisis of inaction. "It is going to take political will, political courage to treat this as an issue with the urgency that...it needs," Ocasio-Cortez told reporters on Tuesday.
Sanders, as well as Senators Cory Booker, Kirsten Gilibrand, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren also back the emergency declaration.
A day earlier, President Donald Trump made a speech touting his administration's environmental record. -REUTERS