350.org on the Senate Cloture Vote for Gorsuch
WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Senate enacted the so-called “nuclear option” and voted on cloture for Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s nominee for U.S. Supreme Court Justice, who is a friend of Big Oil executives and a foe to workers, the disabled, and the climate.
In response, 350.org Executive Director May Boeve issued the following statement:
“Today’s cloture vote is par for the course in Trump’s America -- throwing out the rules to advance this administration’s hate-filled, climate-denying agenda. Gorsuch’s views are clear: he’s for corporate power and against protecting the climate, the environment, workers, and our communities. But unlike Trump, if Gorsuch is confirmed, he’ll have a lifetime to enforce those views on the public. Thousands of people will take to the streets this month, from the April Recess to the Peoples Climate March, to demand climate action and protect our future. Gorsuch is on the side of big polluters instead of the people -- it's time for Senators to decide whose side they're on.”
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.