With so much going on right now, we almost missed Lamar Alexander saying something few Republicans will these days: That climate change is real, and caused by humans.
I believe #climatechange is real. I believe that human emissions of greenhouse gases are a major cause of climate change. And, I’m proposing this response to climate change. pic.twitter.com/RzsQHhJfUn
– Sen. Lamar Alexander (@SenAlexander) March 25, 2019
This is not something you hear Republicans say every day.
Donald Trump hasn’t admitted it. Most Republicans have spent their time recently mocking and misrepresenting Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal, which attempts to address the realities of Climate Change in ambitious ways, but without offering ideas of their own.
Meanwhile President Trump has appointed a former coal lobbyist as the head of the EPA.
In a Politico article today Alexander seems to be attempting to address that:
“I believe climate change is real. I believe humans are a major cause of it, and I think a new ‘Manhattan Project for Clean Energy’ is something that most Republicans could support, and I would hope most Democrats could too.”
The article also points out that more and more Americans see climate change as a major issue:
“Polls back up the importance of the issue for 2020. Likely Democratic caucus-goers in Iowa, home of the nation’s first presidential caucus, now rank climate change as the second-most important topic facing the nation.”
Just last week high school kids across the globe walked out in an attempt to highlight the problem – a problem even Exxon’s own scientists have been warning them about for decades. Children seem to be really understanding the negative impact of climate change, whilst some adults refuse to accept that climate change is happening. There are so many ways that humans can add to the existing climate change. It could be as simple as driving your car. If you’ve recently taken a long car journey, it might be worth visiting https://www.cooleffect.org/content/travel-offset to pay the travel offset of the journey. That goes towards companies that are trying to slow down climate change by reducing carbon emissions. It might be a nice way to help the environment. The more people who start accepting climate change, the quicker things can be done to prevent it.
It remains to be seen how far Alexander is willing to go, and since his time is almost at an end it seems unlikely he’ll be able to see anything through, but it’s nice to see the ice around climate change denial begin to thaw even a little. Especially since the warnings lately have been extremely dire.
If you agree, holler at Lamar HERE.
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