Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Democrats Ignore Climate Change in State of the Union Rebuttal

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was the only one to bring up global warming after the second-hottest year on record.

Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-Mass.) delivers the Democratic rebuttal to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday (Credit: Brian Snyder / Reuters) Click to Enlarge.
The Democratic Party omitted any mention of climate change in its rebuttal Tuesday to President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address.

In his speech Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-Mass.) didn’t bring up global warming, sea-level rise, or the surge in global greenhouse gas emissions, which threaten to become worse as the Republican White House ramps up fossil fuel production to unprecedented levels.

The 37-year-old former prosecutor and grandson of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy (D-Mass.), who was assassinated in 1968, lamented the Trump administration’s “all-out war on environmental protection,” made a passing reference to a “coal miner,” and lionized Americans with the courage to “wade through floodwaters, battle hurricanes, and brave wildfires and mudslides to save a stranger.”

Yet, like Trump, the Democrat neglected critical milestones in the climate crisis in his speech.  Last year marked the world’s second-hottest year on record.  The U.S. racked up a record $306 billion in climate-related damages.  And fossil fuel emissions hit an all-time high as the rate of carbon dioxide pollution began increasing for the first time in three years.

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