Despite ‘Blue Wave,’ Activists Struggle to Make Climate Litigation a Priority for Democrats
With Democrats poised to regain control of the U.S. House of Representatives, Bill McKibben’s band of activists are quickly turning to their old media stunts aimed at the incoming chair of the House Science Committee and likely Speaker of the House. They want the new Congress and Democratic leaders to focus on political theater over substance, and persecuting energy companies for climate change is at the top of their list. But here’s a quick reality check.
Science Committee Already Rejected #ExxonKnew Investigation
Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Tex.), the likely incoming Chair of the House Science Committee, said just two years ago, “If any companies in the oil industry defrauded the public or their shareholders….then that is a matter for the state attorneys general and the courts, not the Committee on Science.” (emphasis added)
That doesn’t leave a lot of wiggle room for her to completely reverse her position, as 350.org is demanding.
See the other reasons Democrats are unlikely to embrace the anti-fossil fuel activists’ agenda at EID Climate.