But Washington, D.C. centrist Dems appear to want business as usual in relation to climate change. Take money from fossil fuels, we’ll put you on the House climate change panel. Exxon Mobil, give us some help with the wording on this bill. That way of doing business can and will no longer work. You are with us 100% or you are the opposition. Time for a line in the sand. :
The Line in the Sand & A Rallying Cry for the Next Generation
The Huffington Post reported Friday that Democrats had named Florida Congresswoman, Kathy Castor as chair of the revitalized House panel on climate, neglecting to consult or even inform Ocasio-Cortez or anyone within the Sunshine Movement advocating for the Green New Deal. Castor also went on to indicate she had no plans to exclude panel members who accept donations from the fossil fuel industry. Castor pretty much had to allow those members to be part of the committee, since she’s accepted over $70,000 in fossil fuel donations.
From the Huggington Post: “Coupled with back-to-back United Nations and federal reports that showed climate change already rapidly worsening, the effort established a new litmus test for lawmakers, breaking the binary of whether or not a politicians “believes” in the science of human-caused warming. The movement gained stunning support in just a few weeks. A poll released Monday found 81 percent of registered voters supported the policies outlined under the Green New Deal resolution ― including 64 percent of Republicans and 57 percent of self-described conservative Republicans. Last Friday, more than 300 state and local officials voiced support for a Green New Deal in an open letter.” If you have not read much about the Green New Deal, click here for a post that outlines the goals and strategies involved in the Green New Deal.
Apparently there are more adults in “the room” that is our Nation, than we had surmised. And there is a new generation of newly elected representatives who want a seat at the table, who want to be the adult in the room or the panel that insists that business as usual is not ok.
“We don’t have time to sit on our hands as our planet burns,” Ocasio-Cortez said Thursday in a tweet. “For young people, climate change is bigger than election or re-election. It’s life or death.
For the better part of the fall, newly elected progressives have been advocating to make The Green New Deal the centerpiece of Democratic climate change efforts. But the Party response is sounding a good deal like business as usual and that can no longer be acceptable. Given the two recent climate change reports, a line in the sand is precisely what is needed. Call it a litmus test if you will, but as Ocasio Cortez has put it so succinctly, it is now life and death we are discussing and it is on us, all of us, to draw that line in the sand and share our feelings with our legislators.
I can tell you right now that Udall and Heinrich will say that the Senate is not now considering the Green New Deal in GOP-controlled committees, but they have influence in Congress and they can reach out to Schumer, Pelosi, and Lujan and say: “I think we need to take this seriously. This plan needs to be seriously considered and these new legislators need a seat at the table. Make sure Ocasio-Cortez is on your climate change panel. And while you’re at it add Deb Haaland, Bo Khanna, Rashida Tlaib or one or two others of the early endorsers to the panel.”
Even more importantly, write to Rep. Ben Ray Lujan and keep writing Rep. Ben Ray Lujan and tell him you expect him to represent you and that you want the Green New Deal to be the centerpiece of Democratic Party policy and messaging. I just got an email from Lujan as most of you did. He was outraged by the death of a seven year old refugee at the border. Taking that position does not take political courage. I want an email from Lujan telling us he has heard from his constituents and that he has gone to Pelosi’s office and he has told her “We need to do this. I want you to press Castor to appoint 2-3 members of the Sunshine Movement to the select panel on climate change.”.
Retake feels that the Green New Deal should be at the heart of a sustained advocacy effort in Washington and that we need to use all our leverage to press our elected officials to stop treating climate change as if it were just another issue among many. We owe our tireless advocacy to the new generation occupying the halls of Congress, both those newly elected representatives and those protesters being arrested in those halls.. This could and should be not just an issue, but an issue of life and death and one that separates those who are with us from those who oppose us.
Time to flex our muscles. Share this with everyone you know and ask them to raise their voice also. Tell our elected officials it is time to take climate change seriously and that you will be watching for their actions in Congress and will not be amused by your “studying this carefully.” Time to act Sen. Udall, Sen. Heinrich, Rep. Lujan. Walk over to Pelosi’s office and tell her she needs to get this done. Contact info below.
Paul & Roxanne
Tom Udall, US Senate
- 531 Hart Senate Office Building
- Washington DC, 20510
- (202) 224-6621
- Link to email form: https://www.tomudall.senate.gov/?p=contact
Martin Heinrich, US Senate
- 303 Hart Senate Office Building
- Washington, D.C. 20510
- p: (202) 224-5521
- Link to email form: https://www.heinrich.senate.gov/contact/write-martin
Ben Ray Lujan, Congressional District 3
- 2446 Rayburn HOB
- Washington, D.C. 20515
- Ph: (202) 225-6190
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org OR
- Link to email form: Click here to get to his form. You will need to input your zip code to get access to the form used to direct email to the Congressman.