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Bernie Sanders & AOC Team Up to Propose ‘Climate Crisis’ Bill

Two of the nation’s most prominent democratic socialists plan to introduce a joint resolution forcing the government to address climate change.

By NTK Staff | 07.09.2019 @9:30am
Bernie Sanders & AOC Team Up to Propose ‘Climate Crisis’ Bill

Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are teaming up to introduce a joint resolution that would declare that climate change is an official emergency.

Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez, along with Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), said they plan to introduce the bill on Tuesday.

So, what will the joint resolution do to combat climate change? Nothing, according to The Huffington Post:

It’s an entirely symbolic gesture, explicitly stating that “nothing in this concurrent resolution constitutes a declaration of a national emergency for purposes of … any special or extraordinary power.”

The resolution does not specifically cite the Green New Deal, but it “makes the case for” it, according to the Huffington Post. But even liberals are wary about declaring a national emergency for this issue.

[T]here are reasons to be skeptical of declaring a national emergency on climate change. In February, climate researcher Alex Trembath argued in Slate that proclaiming climate change a national emergency threatens to give the federal government carte blanche to circumvent democracy in the name of mitigating the crisis. In The Outline, writer Casey Williams warned that such a declaration could open the door to untested, potentially disastrous geoengineering projects.

Still, there isn’t much need to worry about such a measure. Even if it passed the House, the Republican-controlled Senate is highly unlikely to take the matter up, let alone pass it. And President Trump would likely never sign a joint resolution from Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez on any issue.

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