The Senate has decided that we won't get a comprehensive climate and clean energy bill before the August recess -- which most observers interpret as a death-knell for the legislation this year.
This failure would be hard to understand at any time, to say the least. But coming as it does in the middle of a record-hot summer and a series of environmental disasters, Washington's abandonment of this effort is all the more confounding and frustrating.
However, this setback only makes our work more necessary. As long as we care about our country, our planet, and the future we're leaving for our children and grandchildren, we must continue to fight.
Remember: The climate crisis isn't going away. And neither can we. It is getting worse, so we have to redouble our efforts.
We're already planning the next phase of our work, and I'm counting on your continued involvement. I'd like to invite you to join me next Tuesday, August 10, for a conversation to discuss how we should move forward from here. I'll be answering some questions from Repower America members like you -- so please submit a question for discussion.
"Next Steps for the Climate Movement"
Virtual Town Hall
Tuesday, August 10 at 8:30 p.m. EDT
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The Senate's decision is a major disappointment for the climate movement, but there is a silver lining. In the last year, supporters like you have organized on an unprecedented scale. And we've built overwhelming popular support for action on comprehensive climate and clean energy solutions.
But by using the right-wing media echo chamber, record campaign contributions and an army of well-paid lobbyists, the oil and coal industries have stopped at nothing to protect the status quo and their profits. They want to keep using the atmosphere as an open sewer for the dumping of their greenhouse gas pollution.
The Senate's inaction reflects that reality. We have always known that solving the climate crisis is a generational challenge -- and the urgency of the climate crisis demands that despite these substantial obstacles, we must fight for every inch of progress. The science has never been more clear and the evidence is mounting day by day.
For those of us who understand the stakes, it's a moral obligation.
And so we must fight even harder. Together, we must continue to beat back repeated assaults on the authority in the Clean Air Act to regulate carbon pollution. We must continue to pressure our elected leaders -- local, state and national -- to stand with the American people instead of the fossil fuel industry. We must each take individual action to transition to clean energy in our daily lives. And we must win the ongoing battle of science against spin.
We can and must continue the fight. Please join me on Tuesday, August 10 at 8:30 p.m. EDT to discuss our next steps.
Thanks for all you do -- we're all in this together.
Bien à vous,
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