The world has only a dozen years to stave off catastrophic climate change, a dire report recently warned – but Democrats aren’t making the issue a priority this campaign season.
Democrats have no significant plans to tackle climate change if they gain control of Congress, the Guardian’s Emily Holden reports.
They may have their hands full just maintaining the status quo, as Donald Trump pursues one environmental rollback after another. Democrats plan oversight hearings on those rollbacks if they win.
The party’s efforts as currently planned won’t be enough to spur the rapid transformation in how society operates that leading scientists say is needed to spare humanity from the worst of rising temperatures, extreme weather and massive societal and economic disruptions.
But few in the party – or the big environmental groups that traditionally support it – are prepared to admit this outright.
“Obviously, a transformative government response to climate is clearly needed based on what we’re seeing from science. We have about 10 years left to really be doing something, but it’s hard [for us] to do because the Republican party is largely in denial on this,” said congressman John Delaney, a Maryland Democrat.