The challenge we face right now is lack of political will because the GOP and oil and gas executives are frankly holding climate action hostage. We're calling our Representatives and Senators because they should be listening to us, not Exxon. — Sunrise executive director Varshini Prakash
The challenge we face right now is lack of political will because the GOP and oil and gas executives are frankly holding climate action hostage.We're calling our Representatives and Senators because they should be listening to us, not Exxon. — Sunrise executive director Varshini Prakash
Advocacy groups ramp up pressure on lawmakers to take action on climate change
Progressive groups including the Sunrise Movement, Justice Democrats and People's Action are targeting lawmakers including Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Sherrod Brown of Ohio, and House Committee Chairs Bobby Scott, Frank Pallone, and Richard Neal, with a phone-banking blitz over recess, according to exclusive details shared with CNN.

"The challenge we face right now is lack of political will because the GOP and oil and gas executives are frankly holding climate action hostage," Sunrise executive director Varshini Prakash told CNN. "We're calling our Representatives and Senators because they should be listening to us, not Exxon."


Pointing to the dire findings in the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, which showed world nations must get their economies to net-zero emissions or risk climate catastrophe, Prakash said the groups would be demanding swift action on climate from Congress.

... The groups shared their top five demands with CNN: "Bold" investments in public housing, schools, transit, and renewable energy, a fully funded Civilian Climate Corps, worker protections in the labor bill known as the PRO Act, an end to fossil fuel subsidies, and at least 40% of investments going to front-line communities -- a campaign commitment from President Joe Biden.
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