Portia Sykes endorsed 2018-10-21 10:32:06 -0700
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The world is in a state of Climate Emergency, and we must slash fossil fuel use now. Climate stabilization, consistent with international goals (1.5-2°C) means a fossil fuel phase-out in about a decade for the US and fifteen years worldwide. Otherwise, the risks of going past 2°C and crossing catastrophic tipping points are unacceptably high.
In that light, we need a Declaration of Global Warming State of Emergency so that the people of the United States will demand immediate action. In that way, we meet the most critical moral issue of our time.
Therefore, I support a Declaration of Climate Emergency.
Moreover, I support the responses required to address the emergency. The United States must mobilize to leave fossil fuels. This means we will:
Eliminate fossil fuels:
- Price carbon and remove subsidies. Make fossil fuels account for their true costs.
- Keep fossil fuels in the ground. Oppose their exploration, development, export, and new infrastructure through collective action.
Phase-in renewable energy:
- Incentivize clean energy development, production, and roll-out as quickly as possible.
- Assist developing nations with renewable energy so they bypass fossil fuel development.
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- Eliminate fossil fuels: