LOS ANGELES – Days after a new report provided fresh evidence that climate change is destroying the planet and threatening humanity, City Councilmember Mike Bonin is urging City of Los Angeles to endorse the creation of a House Select Committee on a Green New Deal in Congress.
“Time is running out to take the dramatic action that the existential crisis of climate change demands,” said Bonin. “A Green New Deal for America will be the sweeping and detailed plan we need to rapidly transition off of the fossil fuels, whose pollution is putting our planet in peril. The science of climate change is terrifying and undisputed. We have the technology, public support and moral imperative to pull our planet back from the brink of armageddon, and I wholeheartedly believe that the Green New Deal is the only sustainable path ahead for our nation.”
According to the report released last Friday by the U.S. Global Change Research Program, the toll climate change is taking on the United States is already horrible and only getting worse. The report projects that thousands of Americans could die, food will be scarcer, disease will spread faster, and the US economy could lose hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of the century if greenhouse gas pollution continues causing the planet to warm at the current rate.
“Climate change isn’t hypothetical or a theory to debate – it is a threat to our children, to neighborhoods and to our nation,” continued Bonin. “The federal government must follow Los Angeles and the state of California’s lead to immediately reduce its fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions. The report makes clear that while the consequences of inaction are dire, the opportunities of bold climate leadership are worthy goals to pursue. Reducing our climate pollution could save thousands of lives and generate billions of dollars in benefits for the country.”
In an effort to combat the worst effects of climate change by dramatically overhauling the U.S. economy away from reliance on fossil fuels in an equitable and fair way, the Green New Deal identifies seven goals:
- Generating 100% of national power from renewable sources;
- Building a national, energy-efficient, “smart” grid;
- Upgrading every residential and industrial building for state-of-the-art energy efficiency, comfort and safety;
- Decarbonizing the manufacturing, agricultural and other industries;
- Decarbonizing, repairing and improving transportation and other infrastructure;
- Funding massive investment in the drawdown and capture of greenhouse gases;
- Making “green” technology, industry, expertise, products and services a major export of the United States, with the aim of becoming the undisputed international leader in helping other countries transition to completely carbon neutral economies and bringing about a global Green New Deal.
The House Select Committee on the Green New Deal would be charged with developing a detailed national, industrial, economic mobilization plan for the transition of the United States economy to become carbon neutral and to significantly draw down and capture greenhouse gases from the atmosphere and oceans to promote economic and environmental justice and equality.
In legislation introduced to the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday, and seconded by Councilmember Paul Koretz, Bonin proposes the city formally endorse and encourage its congressional delegate to advocate for the creation of the House Select Committee on the Green New Deal in Congress. Bonin’s action continues the councilmember’s work to address climate change in Los Angeles, which has included an effort to make LA the largest city in the world to generate 100% of its power from renewable resources, legislation that would protect neighborhoods from oil and gas drilling, advocacy for the establishment of a City Climate Emergency Mobilization Department, work to electrify both Metropolitan Transit Authority and LA Department of Transportation’s bus fleets, and actions to hold oil and gas companies legally and financially accountable for their knowing contributions to climate change.
For more about the Green New Deal, please visit https://www.sunrisemovement.org/gnd/. For more about Councilmember Bonin, please visit www.11thdistrict.com.