Why House Democrats Passed a Paris Accord Bill That’s Going Nowhere

Democrats came together last week to present a united front on
tackling climate change, but will it matter before 2020?

Political Climate speaks with Representative Cathy Castor (FL-D)
on the passage of HR 9, the first meaningful climate change bill to
pass the House of Representatives in nearly a decade. We find out
why passing a bill to keep the U.S. in the Paris climate agreement
was an important political move, despite zero chance of getting it
past the self-proclaimed “Grim Reaper” Mitch McConnell.

In this episode we also revisit the scuffle between Democratic
presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke and the youth-led climate
activist group The Sunrise Movement. In a quick turnaround,
Sunrise walked backed their critique of Beto’s climate action
plan, while Beto signed on to the “No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge.” Is
this a kumbaya moment or egg on their faces?

Not to be outdone by O’Rourke, fellow presidential hopeful,
Washington Governor Jay Inslee, presented part one of his
“Climate Mission” plan last week. Political Climate discusses
the details and whether Biden will offer up his own climate change
plan now that he’s entered the race.

Recommended Reading:

  • Roll Call:
     House Passes Climate Bill With Few Republican

  • Slate:
    Why The Left Needs More Climate In-Fighting

  • Earther:
    How Students Convinced Beto O’Rourke To Stop Taking
    Fossil Fuel Money

  • Vox:
     Jay Inslee Promised Serious Climate Policy and He’s

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Schwarzenegger Institute and The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation

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Why House Democrats Passed a Paris Accord Bill That’s Going Nowhere