By Dharna NoorGerald Horne
Jessy Tolkan was 27 years old when she testified before the U.S. House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming.
“The urgency and magnitude of the topics we come to discuss today could not be more pressing or more timely,” she said at the hearing, representing the youth-led climate activist group Energy Action Coalition.
That was in 2009. A decade later, the climate crisis is even worse.
“We were asking for 80% reductions in carbon by 2050. We now know that’s not nearly enough,” Tolkan told The Real News.
Yet today’s Democratic House leadership is sticking to its strategy for tackling the climate crisis, instituting a new Select Committee on the Climate Crisis to advise representatives on climate policy. Created by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, it bears strong resemblance to the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming she instated over a decade ago.
Like its predecessor, the new committee is meant to advise the House on climate policy, but has no power to draft bills—though it can be used as a platform to discuss and promote legislation. This month, it issued a press release to promote a bill that Committee Chair Kathy Castor…