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Congress and the Environment

July 6, 2016

Your eco-friendly actions reflect your commitment to mother nature. Using fluorescent lights and recycling can gradually help reduce your carbon footprint over the course of a lifetime. However, if you are looking for more immediate results, turn to your local congressman/senator. In the past, it is our government that has come shamefully short on any promises to help climate change. 

 

But, let’s look at the facts. In an annual tally, The Center for American Progress Action Fund found that 34 percent of Congress denied the existence of climate change. With 144 deniers in the House and 38 in the Senate, you might wonder how, perhaps even why they would deny the 97 percent scientific consensus on global warming. Well, it turns out that, in total, congressmen have received “upwards of $73 million in contributions from oil, gas, and coal companies over the course of their careers” (grist.org). You may have heard of the guy who literally threw a snowball on the Senate floor. Yeah, he is Sen. James Inhofe from Oklahoma, a proud recipient of more than $2 million from fossil fuel interests. In the year of 2013 alone, the oil and gas industry spent $144.7 million lobbying Congress and federal agencies (taxpayer.net). 

 

As Obama said, “We are the first generation to feel the effects of climate change, and the last to be able to do something about it.” That statement is actually false. Our actions have an irreversible effect on the environment, we’re in too deep. The best we can hope for is to manage the existing damage. We can accomplish this by limiting carbon emissions. In addition to subsidizing green energies, the government should impose a uniform carbon tax (for big oil companies, consumers, etc.). This would push the free market away from fossil fuels and coal. Bangladesh will be 77 percent underwater by the end of the century with ocean levels rising and Congress is still debating whether or not climate change is f***ing real (http://ecowatch.com/). We’re being led my men lesser than ourselves. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://ecowatch.com/2015/05/22/maldives-underwater-climate-change/

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2016/03/07/3757435/climate-denier-caucus-114th-new-research/

 

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