Before I delve deep into this topic, I want to address comments from a previous article. Democrats are up against relentless Republicans. Republicans have tried to repeal and replace Obamacare over 60 times. Republicans are still trying to do away with abortion nearly half a century after Roe Vs. Wade.
They always get their asses kicked because they do not adequately fight for what are supposed to be their progressive principals—and that’s the entire point of the last article. Grassroots progressives want congressional Democrats to cosponsor the bills on the People’s Platform as a commitment to fighting for progressive causes. Cosponsoring the bill we are about to discuss is another way Democrats can do that.
Just to prove that point, I wrote two articles calling out Republican Hypocrisy. 15 Texas lawmakers voted for Harvey aid after previously voting against Sandy aid. Additionally, four Texas lawmakers voted against aid for Puerto Rico, after voting for Harvey aid.
Recently, Tulsi Gabbard introduced the Off Of Fossil Fuels For A Better Future Act, H.R. 3671. H.R. 3671 aims to move America to a 100% clean energy economy by the year 2035. Climate Scientists unanimously agree, climate change is real and it is primarily caused by human activity.
This is the first bill of its kind in the United States. There have been other attempts to curtail the effects of climate change, but they have all fallen extremely short of what we actually need to do. In order to keep climate from warming by 2° C at the end of the century, we need to have reduced carbon emissions globally by 40% to 70% using 2010 as a baseline.
The Paris Climate agreement went further—but the United States’ efforts under the Obama administration only aimed to reduce emissions by 26% to 28% by the year 2025 compared to 2005 levels. Unfortunately, President Donald Trump currently plans to remove the United States from the Paris agreement if it is kept as is.
The Paris agreement aims to keep warming to 1.5° C. In order for this to be done, developing economies need to read what is known as “peak emissions” then begin to reduce their carbon levels.
In order to properly mitigate rising greenhouse gas (GHG) emission levels from developing economies, developed countries must reduce their GHG emissions much quicker. Thus, the United States committing to a 26% to 28% reduction in GHG emissions by 2025, using 2005 as a baseline, simply doesn’t go far enough.
President Trump protests that the Paris agreement isn’t fair to the United States. However, other developed economies are taking much further lengths than president Obama did.
The UK is aiming to reduce their GHG emissions by 57% compared to 1990 levels by the year 2030. The EU aims to reduce their GHG emissions by 40% compared, using 1990 as a baseline, by the year 2030.
The United States didn’t get a bad deal. President Trump is simply yet again going after progress Democrats actually did make in the Obama era.
Since the year 2001, the Houston area and Texas has seen the affects of seven deadly storms all listed below. Scientists agree climate change is making tropical cyclones (hurricanes) worse. The only thing up for debate is exactly how much worse climate change is making them.
- Tropical storm Allison 2001 – 41 killed, 9 billion dollars in damage.
- Edit(9/7/2015) Hurricane Katrina 2005 (indirect, Houston absorbed large numbers of Katrina refugees) – 108 billion, over 1200 killed.
- Hurricane Rita 2005 – over 100 killed, 12 billion dollars in damage.
- Hurricane Ike 2008 – 74 killed, nearly 40 billion dollars in damage.
- Hurricane Harvey 2017 – 76 killed, estimated 70-190 billion.
- Edit: 9/8/2017: On 9/8/17 there were 3 hurricanes active in the atlantic at once: Katia, Irma, and Jose. Irma is one of the strongest hurricanes of all time.
That doesn’t even include some of the devastating floods which weren’t tropical cyclones.
- Memorial day floods 2015 – 31 deaths, amount of damage not found.
- Tax day floods 2016 – 2.7 billion in damage*, 8 killed.
There is currently a good, although not entirely sufficient bill, in the house called the Keep It In The Ground Act, H.R. 2242. H.R. 2242 is one of the bills on the People’s Platform. This bill does exactly what the title says it will do—keep oil and natural gas in the ground on federal lands and off of the United States Atlantic, Pacific, and Gulf coasts.
Not a single Texas Democrat answered the call to cosponsor H.R. 2242. Here is their chance to make up for it. If you would like to see Texas Democrats cosponsor Tulsi Gabbard’s Bill, the Off Of Fossil Fuels For A Better Future Act, H.R. 3671, you need to call them.
Sheila Jackson Lee (Tx -18th) represents downtown, midtown, the third, fourth, and fifth wards, portions of the heights, portions of northeastern, northwestern, and eastern Houston, as well as portions of northern Harris county. Her phone numbers are 202-225-3816, 713-691-4882, 713-227-7740, 713-861-4070, and 713-665-0050.
Gene Green (Tx – 29th) represents most of eastern Houston, Pasadena, and portions of northern Houston and Aldine. His phone numbers are 202-225-9903, 713-330-0761, and 281-999-5879.
Marc Veasay (Tx -33rd) represents portions of eastern and central Fort Worth, portions of western Dallas, and some of the suburbs between the two. His phone numbers are 202-225-9897, 212-741-1387, and 817-920-9086.
LLoyd Doggett (tx 35th) represents most of southern and portions of central Travis county, portions of Hays, Caldwell, Comal, and Bexar county along I-35. His phone numbers are 202-225-4865, 512-916-8621, and 210-704-1080.
Joaquin Castro (Tx – 20th) represents most of western San Antonio, and portions of northwestern Bexar county. His phone numbers are 202-225-3236, and 210-348-8216.
Al Green (Tx – 9th) represents portions of south and southwest Harris county, as well as portions of northeast Fort Bend county. His phone numbers are 202-225-7508, and 713-383-9234.
Beto O’Rourke (Tx – 16th) represents the city of El Paso, and most of El Paso County. O’rourke is currently also campaigning against Ted Cruz for the Senate. His phone numbers are 202-225-4831, and 915-541-1400.
Vicente González (Tx – 29th) represents the counties of Brooks, Jim Hogg, Duval, Live Oak, Karnes, Guadalupe, the eastern portion of Wilson county, most of the northern, central, and south-central portions of Hidalgo county. His phone numbers are 202-225-2531, 888-217-0261, and 956-682-5545.
Vela Filemon represents the counties of Cameron, Willacy, Kenedy, Jim Wells, Kleberg, Bee, Goliad, Dewitt, as well as portions of the counties of San Patricio, Hidalgo, and Gonzales. His numbers are 202-225-9901, 361-230-9776, 956-544-8352, 956-276-4497, 956-520-8273.
Representative Henry Cuellar (Tx – 28th) represents the counties of Starr, Zapata, Webb, McMullen, Atascosa, southern La Salle county, southwestern Hidalgo county, portions of Wilson county, and portions of southern and eastern Bexar county. His phone numbers are 202-225-1640, 956-725-0639, 956-424-3942, 956-487-5603, and 210-271-285.
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