350 Responds to Senate Vote on TPA

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350 Responds to Senate Vote on TPA

WASHINGTON - Following a vote in the United States Senate to fast-track the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, 350.org Executive Director May Boeve issued the following statement:

“We’re outraged that Congress today voted to fast track pollution, rather than the job-creating clean energy we need to address climate change. It’s clear this deal would extend the world’s dependence on fracked gas, forbid our negotiators from ever using trade agreements in the fight against global warming, and make it easier for big polluters to burn carbon while suing anyone who gets in the way. That’s why we’re so disappointed President Obama has taken up the banner for ramming this legislative pollution through the halls of Congress, in a way he never pushed for a climate bill.

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“The truth is: climate change isn’t going anywhere, and it’s getting worse every day. At some point, our leaders need to hear the millions of voices in this movement, decide to get serious about the problem, and stop working against us through legislative channels that accelerate fossil fuel development and close the doors to solutions.

“Our movement will fast track resistance to the fossil fuel industry and their vassals in government to do what Congress clearly won’t: keep unburnable carbon underground and global warming below catastrophic levels.”

Today’s vote comes one day after President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency released a detailed study outlining the financial costs associated with failing to address the climate crisis.

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350 is the red line for human beings, the most important number on the planet. The most recent science tells us that unless we can reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million, we will cause huge and irreversible damage to the earth. But solutions exist. All around the world, a movement is building to take on the climate crisis, to get humanity out of the danger zone and below 350. This movement is massive, it is diverse, and it is visionary. We are activists, scholars, and scientists. We are leaders in our businesses, our churches, our governments, and our schools. We are clean energy advocates, forward-thinking politicians, and fearless revolutionaries. And we are united around the world, driven to make our planet livable for all who come after us.

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