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Political Focus: Man-made climate change is real, and finally politicians are doing something about it

Ben Hume, Staff Reporter

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The fourth National Climate Assessment is the culmination of years of research and analysis by top climate scientists in the United States. Their findings were published on Black Friday, so the news may have been missed by many who were busy celebrating with their families.

To summarize, the federal climate report focused on the ways that climate change is already affecting American communities. Wildfires, droughts, floods and extreme storms are just a few chapters focused on in the report, showing how each of these natural disasters are being inflamed by climate change and how they’re already affecting the United States.

President Donald Trump and more than a comfortable number of congressmen have questioned if climate change is at all related to human activity, while some like Ben Carson have outright denied that it is happening at all. The vast majority of the scientific community already stated that man-made climate change is real, so all politicians should at the very least believe it, but that has not been the nature of the American Legislature.

The new report was mandated by Congress and published by the U.S. Global Change Research Program, and confirms these long held facts, this time funded by the American government itself. But will this be enough to uproot the outdated beliefs of congressional climate change deniers, and even the skeptical president himself?

Queue the Green New Deal, a new piece of legislation being spearheaded mostly by the large group of new members of Congress, including Michigan’s own Rashida Tlaib. Fifteen House Democrats have committed to the proposal so far, according to a young climate group called the Sunrise Movement. While Tlaib was one of these supporters, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) was the initial endorser of the legislation.

The Green New Deal calls for sweeping reforms of the American economy to be focused more on combating climate change, but first a select committee must be formed in the House of Representatives to form the physical legislation. Basically, there is a goal in mind, but no guarantee yet that it will be written down, though a draft of what the newly created legislation would look like has been circulating Twitter.

Creating jobs is a core element of the plan, but the deal also emphasizes “social, economic, racial, regional and gender-based justice and equality” as a core part of the economic overhaul.

And boy is the plan an overhaul. The FDR-era “arsenal of democracy” is becoming the most common comparison, with huge government oversight and incredible production targets being the goal. For those who forgot their World War II history like World War I did, the government managed to mobilize the entire manufacturing base of the United States to produce war machines, somewhere in the realm of 300,000 planes alone.

That’s the kind of overhaul house these House Democrats are looking for, and it might be what we need to fix the environment. Without a guarantee that the United States will be in the Paris Accords, having our own standards for green energy might be the only way out.

And I for one am hopeful that politicians will finally take our environment’s safety seriously.

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