2019 Statement

Progressives Need to Fight Climate Change Now!

We’re disheartened to realize we’re wasting effort and time. Everything that Progressives are fighting for will come to nothing if climate change is allowed to continue. On a climate ravaged planet, there will be no healthcare, education, workers’ rights, racial justice, human rights, or environment to save. There will only be the day-to-day struggle to stay alive in a hostile world.

We see with absolute clarity that if we don’t solve climate change we won’t solve anything we care about, so the Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America are elevating climate change as our central issue until it’s resolved.

Our fight will be guided by two facts:
  1. The catastrophic climate events that will overstretch and tear apart societies around the globe may begin as soon as 2040, in only 21 years.

  2. To avoid catastrophe, the world has eleven years, until 2030, to cut worldwide CO2 emissions almost in half and 31 years, until 2050, to nearly eliminate CO2 emissions.

Our attack will happen on two fronts:

  1. We’ll continue RIPDA’s fight against the pay-to-play politics, campaigns donations from fossil fuel companies, environmental racism, and ability of the Rhode Island House of Representative Speaker to stop legislation on a whim that keep the Rhode Island General Assembly from honestly addressing climate change and Rhode Island’s other problems.

  2. We’ll confront climate change head-on with a plan to:

    a) Build a Rhode Island public utility that generates 200% of the Ocean State’s energy needs with wind and solar power;

    b) Sell the excess energy and use the profits to electrify Rhode Island, pay annual dividends to Rhode Island residents, and help fund the state after electrification is complete;

    c) Site wind and solar plants in ways that are least disruptive to Rhode Island’s natural habitats and wilderness;

    d) Electrify everything that can be electrified in Rhode Island at the least cost to Rhode Island residents and businesses.

We’ll start by seeking out experts who can assess how close we can get to our objectives and help us adapt them into a proposal. Then, we’ll sell the project to every person in Rhode Island with a well-funded ad campaign. When a majority of Rhode Islanders want it, we’ll go to the State House to get legislation written and passed that will put the plan into action. Since we have so little time, we’re aiming to formulate a blueprint and promote it in 2019 and to fight for legislation in 2020.

We invite every member of RIPDA to join us in this endeavor. With the knowledge and expertise of many, we’ll have a better chance of carrying out our goals, and we all need to get involved because our future depends on it.

Contact State Coordinator Nate Carpenter at (401) 573-7811 or natecarpenter4@gmail.com.

1 “The [Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C], issued on Monday [October 8, 2018] by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a group of scientists convened by the United Nations to guide world leaders, describes a world of worsening food shortages and wildfires, and a mass die-off of coral reefs as soon as 2040—a period well within the lifetime of much of the global population.”

2 “To contain warming at 1.5°C, man-made global net carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions would need to fall by about 45 percent by 2030 from 2010 levels and reach “net zero” by mid-century [according to the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C].”

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  • Jaye Brooks
    published this page 2019-01-22 07:04:39 -0500
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