House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday announced the Democratic members of the new Climate Change Committee, to be led by Tampa Rep. Kathy Castor. Noticeably absent from the committee roster is Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the freshman progressive who has used her vast star power to pressure for a bolder strategy to address global warming. Ocasio-Cortez joined a sit-in protest in Pelosi’s office, demanding a climate change committee with legislative and subpoena power focused on the so-called New Green Deal, a plan to drastically curb carbon emissions by 2030. Castor has vowed to mold the new committee in the spirit of the New Green Deal, she told the Tampa Bay Times last month. “I’m not going to rest until we make true progress,” Castor said. RELATED: Tension in Democratic Party has a home on Kathy Castor’s climate change committee The Times asked Castor’s office if the Tampa Democrat had a say in who made the cut for her committee. … [Read more...] about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez doesn’t get a spot on Kathy Castor’s Climate Change Committee
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Climate change activists told Minnesota lawmakers Tuesday that the state should set a deadline to transition to 100 percent clean energy. Dozens of activists, faith leaders, scientists and others packed a House Energy and Climate Finance Committee and urged members to advance legislation aimed at requiring the state’s energy producers to become carbon-free by the year 2050. The proposal, House File 700, would build on clean energy goals written into state law in 2007. At that time, lawmakers set a goal of 25 percent renewable energy by 2025. The state met the goal in 2018, seven years ahead of schedule. “The crisis is urgent,” the bill’s sponsor Rep. Jamie Long, DFL-Minneapolis, told the committee. “We need to re-establish our position as a national leader on green energy.” Youth climate activists and faith leaders at the hearing and in a news conference later in the day echoed that sentiment. “We will not tolerate inaction because we … [Read more...] about Climate change activists call for 100% commitment to clean energy
WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor expected obstacles as she prepared to lead a new congressional committee to confront climate change. A president who calls global warming an “expensive hoax.” A Senate led by a cheerleader for coal. A country still divided over science that is long-since settled. But the first challenge to Castor’s committee leadership did not come from Republicans. Rather, a new generation of environmental activists caught Castor off guard by demanding a committee untainted by campaign contributions and by calling for a “Green New Deal” that would move the country to 100 percent renewable energy by 2035. These newcomers have forced the Tampa Democrat to defend a previously unquestioned environmental record. The tension reflects the fight in Washington between Democratic leadership and a wave of young progressives. It also demonstrates the stakes of this new panel. Many on the left view it as Congress’ last best chance … [Read more...] about Tension in Democratic Party has home on Kathy Castor’s climate change committee
close Video Why climate change won't be a winning issue for Democrats in the new Congress The public's concern about global warming has remained below 45 percent while progressive Democrats push a green agenda on Capitol Hill. Florida Democratic Rep. Kathy Castor, whom House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tapped to chair the newly restored House "climate crisis" committee, owned investments worth tens of thousands of dollars over several years in two top polluters, federal disclosure records reveal. Castor's connections to companies like Dow Chemical and machinery manufacturer Caterpillar, Inc. threatened to further undermine progressive Democrats' confidence in the new climate panel, which New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez criticized earlier this week as a half-hearted effort that should exclude members who have taken money from fossil-fuel producers. In 2007 -- her first year in Congress -- Castor owned between $1,001 and $15,000 in … [Read more...] about Chair of Democrats’ new climate-change committee invested in big polluters
If the new Democratic House of Representatives brings back a panel to address global warming, the Tampa Bay area will have a prominent seat at the table. U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor is likely to chair the climate change committee if it materializes, giving the region a powerful voice in Congress' efforts to address this looming threat. The Tampa Democrat has already discussed the possibility with incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, she told the Tampa Bay Times. However, it's apparently not a done deal. Some senior Democrats in line to win powerful committee chairmanships are hesitant to give up jurisdiction over what is expected to be a high-stakes, high-profile fight with the Trump administration over environmental policies. Castor said the "climate crisis" deserves specific attention from a dedicated committee. House Democrats are holding an organizational meeting Thursday where a resolution is expected. "These standing committees will have plenty to do," Castor … [Read more...] about Climate change committee in Congress to be led by Tampa Rep. Kathy Castor?