NEW VIEWS ON TALKERS
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]atoday.com, facebook.com/usatodayopinion 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.