Chairman of the home climate panel: “We simply don’t have any more time to waste”
representing Catherine CastorKatherine (Kathy) Anne Castor Senators Prepare for Biparty Grill from Executives at Facebook Overnight Energy & Environment – Presented by American Petroleum Institute – Manchin expresses doubts Pelosi says it would be a “dereliction of duty” if the infrastructure goes in the “wrong direction” on climat PLUS (D-Fla.), The chair of the select committee on the climate crisis, is sounding the alarm bells about climate change in the United States, saying Democrats must pass their multibillion-dollar reconciliation bill because that “we have no more time to waste.”
Castor, in an interview with The Guardian published on Thursday, said the United States must “act now” on climate change “or we doom our children and future generations to a truly horrible time.”
President BidenJoe Biden White House: United States Donated 200 Million COVID-19 Vaccines Globally Police recommend charges against four people over Sinema bathroom protest., who is due to attend an international climate summit in Glasgow later this month, has made tackling climate change a key goal of his administration, pledging to cut emissions in half by 2030.
Congressional Democrats are now looking to meet some of Biden’s climate goals in his multibillion-dollar reconciliation program, but internal disagreements between the parties could hamper those efforts.
The Clean Electricity Payment Program, a major initiative that would push utilities to switch to clean energy sources through subsidies and fines, will likely be pulled from the reconciliation program due to opposition from the moderate senator. Joe manchinJoe ManchinK Street income boom Biden defends economic plan as Democrats reduce ambitions On The Money – Democrats contemplate tough choices as deadline draws MORE (DW.Va.).
The program, which aims to cut emissions from US power generation by 80% by the end of the decade, is seen as one of the most important provisions in the package’s efforts to tackle climate change.
Castor told the Guardian that last summer, marked by heat waves, wildfires and hurricanes, raised awareness among Americans of the threat posed by climate change.
“When you have farmers whose crops or livestock have been inundated or have fallen due to extreme heat, or forest fires are burning in your city, or your power grid is not resilient and people are dying at the bottom. Texas because of a cold snap, it’s a wake-up call, says Castor.
âAnd I think now people are really looking at the decision makers and asking, ‘What are you going to do about this? “” She added.
The Florida Democrat, however, said passing the reconciliation package will not be enough for the country to meet its climate goals.
âWe will have a lot more to do,â Castor said. Even if we pass the Build Back Better Act as it is, it won’t really get us to net zero by 2050, which is the goal. “
The chair of the climate crisis panel predicted that over time more Republicans will support climate initiatives, specifically highlighting the jobs they will create.
âAs clean energy expands in districts across the country, you’ll see more Republicans finally understand that it creates jobs and is less costly for the people they represent,â Castor said.
“It’s sort of the only way out of the trap they’ve gotten themselves into – talking about the climate but not doing anything about it,” she added.