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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.

1 Comment
  • Randy Verret
    Posted at 10:29h, 14 November Reply

    While I agree with the basic premise (here), it STILL does not get to the heart of the REAL issue. Basically, we have no coherent national energy strategy or policy. That has not changed appreciably in the last 40 years. As this century progresses, we will need to begin the transition of our energy systems away from fossil fuels to whatever is the “next big thing.” Energy imperatives (density, scale) will pose great challenges as to what CLEAN & SUSTAINABLE alternatives are needed. MODERATE voices in any reasoned debate are essential, along with COLLABORATION (not confrontation) if we are to achieve needed RESULTS in this complex arena. Like the rest of the current political landscape, energy discussion needs to change if we are going to focus our resources and eventually formulate policies that provide constructive SOLUTIONS. Time to stop pushing peas around on our plate…

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