A Renewable Energy Project

Urgent action is needed in response to the climate crisis! (view video below)

The scientific community has been warning us for some time now that we must act dramatically, and soon, to address the threat posed by the climate crisis.  We must stop burning coal and oil and move to clean, renewable energy.

According to the predictions made by climatologists, global warming and the resulting changes in the climate of our planet are being caused in large part by human activity.  Climate change will lead to disastrous and potentially catastrophic consequences, including widespread exceptional droughts that will drastically reduce food production and lead to widespread starvation, which in turn, will lead to conflict within and between nations that will ultimately threaten the very fabric of civilization itself.

Saving humanity from a catastrophic future and possible extinction should not be a partisan issue, but the Republican Party has made it one.

The Democratic Party platform has a lot to say about the climate crisis:

• “Democrats believe that climate change poses a real and urgent threat to our economy, our national security, and our children’s health and futures, and that Americans deserve the jobs and security that come from becoming the clean energy superpower of the 21st century.”
• “We are committed to a national mobilization, and to leading a global effort to mobilize nations to address this threat (climate change) on a scale not seen since World War II.”
• “We will not only meet the goals we set in Paris, we will seek to exceed them and push other countries to do the same by slashing carbon pollution and rapidly driving down emissions of greenhouse gases like hydrofluorocarbons.”;
• “We cannot leave our children a planet that has been profoundly damaged.”
• “We believe America must be running entirely on clean energy by mid-century.”

It should come as no surprise then that Democratic members of Congress have introduced bills in both houses of Congress that address the climate crisis: the “100 by ’50 Act” (introduced by Senator Jeff Merkley) and the “Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act” (introduced by Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard). Given the fact that fossil fuel companies contribute significant amounts of money to political campaigns, it should also come as no surprise that there is little support for either of these bills by other members of Congress, including Democrats.

The Republican Party platform states that “Climate change is far from this nation’s most pressing national security issue. This is the triumph of extremism over common sense, and Congress must stop it.” And that “(The Democrats) approach is based on shoddy science, scare tactics, and centralized command-and-control legislation.” No Republican members of Congress have indicated support for either of the bills included in The Populist Platform.

A “New Deal” for the 21st Century
The “New Deal” jobs programs of President Franklin Roosevelt proved the effectiveness of socially useful public sector jobs in reducing unemployment during The Great Depression. Moving to renewable energy will make providing socially useful work as part of a federal job guarantee relatively easy for the foreseeable future.