The Trump administration recently released its climate report warning of more frequent and more devastating wildfires, more crop failures and a more rapidly crumbling infrastructure.
The U.S. analysis follows dire warnings from the United Nations that the world has 12 years to avoid potential civilization collapse. Floods, sea level rise, wildfires, heat waves and droughts will make parts of the planet uninhabitable. Support systems involving energy, food and water will break down, leading to wars over such resources.
President Trump unfortunately is a climate denier. However, all the Democratic Congress members from New York except Tonko are co-sponsors of the Off Act to require our electricity and transportation systems to go to 100 percent clean energy by 2035.
The Green Party for the last eight years has campaigned for a Green New Deal to transform our energy systems while providing millions a new living wage. The Green New Deal made national headlines recently when hundreds of climate activists held a sit-in in Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi’s office. Legislation by Congress member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez calls for a 10-year transition to 100 percent clean power.
We also need Gov. Cuomo, state and local lawmakers to step up their commitment to climate action. Sixteen years after Gov. Pataki set goals for renewable energy, New York only gets 4 percent of its electricity from solar and wind. New York’s Off Fossil Fuel Act is the strongest climate change agenda in the country. It would halt new fossil fuel infrastructure and transition to 100 percent clean renewable energy by 2030 and requires new buildings to be net zero carbon emissions. The act requires state and local governments to adopt enforceable climate action plans with clear timelines and benchmarks.
We must demand that our elected officials take action to ensure a future for our grandchildren.
Mark Dunlea, Poestenkill