USA TODAY Weekend Extra - - WEATHER - CONGRESS NEEDS TO ACT FAST ON CLI­MATE Wenonah Hauter Ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Food & Wa­ter Watch

Af­ter decades of rel­a­tive in­ac­tion from both par­ties on ad­dress­ing the deep­en­ing cli­mate cri­sis our planet faces, it is en­cour­ag­ing to fi­nally hear Democrats talking about pri­or­i­tiz­ing the is­sue, as noted in USA TO­DAY’s ar­ti­cle “Once Democrats take charge of the House, ad­dress­ing cli­mate change will be­come top pri­or­ity again.”

But talk is cheap un­less it is backed up by the ag­gres­sive pol­icy pre­scrip­tions needed to avoid the worst ef­fects of cli­mate chaos in the years to come. Cre­at­ing a new House com­mit­tee to focus on cli­mate is­sues and con­duct over­sight hear­ings is all well and good, but it won’t save us from a fu­ture of fires, floods, famine and cli­mate-driven dev­as­ta­tion. We must move off fos­sil fu­els now.

Thank­fully, the new Congress will have a leg­isla­tive cli­mate fix at its dis­posal: The Off Fos­sil Fu­els for a Bet­ter Fu­ture Act would man­date a com­plete tran­si­tion to clean, re­new­able en­ergy in Amer­ica by 2035. The bill is cur­rently cospon­sored by 46 Democrats. Next year, mem­bers of both par­ties should make this bill a law, for the sake of their fu­tures and ours. Have Your Say at let­[email protected]­ato­, face­­ato­day­opin­ion and @USATOpin­ion on Twit­ter. All com­ments are edited for length and clar­ity. Con­tent sub­mit­ted to USA TO­DAY may ap­pear in print, dig­i­tal or other forms. For let­ters, in­clude name, ad­dress and phone num­ber. Let­ters may be mailed to 7950 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, VA, 22108.

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