Climate Action

Big Money and Dirty Energy are Not Voters—Why are Politicians Acting like They Are?

In a poll conducted by The New York Times, most of the American public supports government action on climate change—including almost half ofRepublicans. So why isn’t Capitol Hill taking acting on it? Two-thirds of Americans are also more likely to vote for a candidate who campaigns on addressing climate change, a finding that could have implications for 2016 presidential candidates. The study also found that 78 percent of Americans think the federal government should limit carbon emission, while another 80 percent think that companies should get tax breaks for developing clean energy solutions. But our politicians aren’t listening Americans support government action on climate change. This study comes at a time at which America is deciding its stance on climate action. Yesterday, the Senate voted to pass the controversial Keystone XL pipeline and the week before they restrained on naming humans as the primary driver of climate change. Climate-denying senators are at odds with their constituents—that needs to change. Are we going to wait for them to listen? No. We need to drive the decisions. Leaders aren’t doing their jobs. It’s our turn to lead.