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2014 Climate Movement Strategy


mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>Over the past few years, since the death in 2010 of cap-and-trade legislation in the US Senate and the emergence a year later of a broadly-based noKXL movement, there’s been an upturn in successful working unity among many of the groups that make up the overall climate movement. This is hopeful, and it makes possible some significant strides forward, it seems to me, between now and Election Day 2014. 

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>Our success over the next year will be measured in large part by what happens with the US Senate and House. It will be a bad year, for example, if the climate-denier-heavy Republican Party maintains control of the House and takes control of the Senate. It will be a better year if the Senate stays Democratic and the House is either taken over by the Democrats or they significantly reduce the Republicans’ current 33-seat majority. It will be best if that happens and a larger percentage than at present of those who are elected to Congress, whether Democrat, Republican or Independent, are elected after making climate and renewable energy a major issue in their campaigns, either because they personally get it or because they have been pushed by the visible activism of the climate movement and independent climate activism in their House or Senate districts to do so. 

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>It’s a good thing that Obama, not Romney, is in the White House, and it’s a good thing that Harry Reid, not Mitch McConnell, is the Senate leader, but the fossil fuel industry, particularly the oil and gas industry, has significant influence over both sides of the aisle and in the Executive Office. Barack Obama, let us remember, has been a consistent and vocal supporter of fracking despite all of the proven health and safety impacts on people and other living things near fracking wells. He’s done this even as many studies, including by government agencies like the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), have shown that methane leakage throughout the lifecycle of fracked gas probably means that its greenhouse gas footprint is close to, as bad as, or worse than that of coal. 

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>A key priority within that multi-issue movement must be a rapid shift to a jobs-creating, renewable energy revolution, with a just transition for workers in the fossil fuel industry, and many of us from the climate movement being there will ensure that this is a priority of that coming movement. 

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