Organizers, leaders and protectors who came to DC for this event returned to their communities at the end of the week knowing their local struggles – whether trying to stop a pipeline in the Minnesota, shutting down petrochemicals in Louisiana, drilling for oil in the southwest, or leading to liquefied natural gas export terminals on the Gulf Coast – are all interconnected. These regional battles play a key role in the collective war against global warming.
“It is no exaggeration to say that climate chaos is now a reality,” Maya K. van Rossum, head of the Delaware Riverkeeper network, said in a statement. “As politicians finally begin to recognize that the catastrophic floods, fires, droughts and storms sweeping the country are a current manifestation of climate change, it is of little value if not accompanied. meaningful action to end the era of fossil fuels. “
Western droughts in states like Arizona are escalating as West Virginia and its mining communities are dying at an alarming rate due to asthma, lung disease, cancer, and other similar damaging illnesses caused by polluting industries. But despite this reality, elected officials like Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) have stood in the way of progressive action on climate change.
Manchin, who owns shares in a coal brokerage firm, continues to argue that the cost of the Biden administration’s Build Back Better program is too high and poses a threat to coal industry jobs in his state. Sinema, meanwhile, did not provide any substantial argument for her opposition. Her avoidance of questions from reporters and voters could be linked to the fact that she, along with five other Democrats, including Manchin, received $ 333,000 from Exxon lobbyists.