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Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez to introduce measure to declare climate change an official emergency: report

Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez to introduce measure to declare climate change an official emergency: report
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden budget pick sparks battle with GOP Senate Overnight Defense: Defense bill among Congress's year-end scramble | Iranian scientist's assassination adds hurdles to Biden's plan on nuclear deal | Navy scrapping USS Bonhomme Richard after fire Biden faces new Iran challenges after nuclear scientist killed MORE (I-Vt.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezModerate Democrats: Everyone's older siblings Ocasio-Cortez raises 0K to fight food and housing insecurity during video game battle Club for Growth to launch ad blitz in Georgia to juice GOP turnout MORE (D-N.Y.) are set to introduce on Tuesday a joint resolution with Rep. Earl BlumenauerEarl BlumenauerOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Barrasso to seek top spot on Energy and Natural Resources Committee | Forest Service finalizes rule weakening environmental review of its projects | Biden to enlist Agriculture, Transportation agencies in climate fight Biden to enlist Agriculture, Transportation agencies in climate fight Restaurants brace for long COVID-19 winter MORE (D-Ore.) declaring climate change an official emergency, The Guardian reported Monday.

The resolution reportedly reads, "The global warming caused by human activities, which increase emissions of greenhouse gases, has resulted in a climate emergency” that “severely and urgently impacts the economic and social well-being, health and safety, and national security of the United States."  

It also “demands a national, social, industrial, and economic mobilization of the resources and labor of the United States at a massive-scale.” 

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Blumenauer’s office told The Guardian that he decided to draft the resolution after President TrumpDonald John TrumpGeraldo Rivera on Trump sowing election result doubts: 'Enough is enough now' Murkowski: Trump should concede White House race Scott Atlas resigns as coronavirus adviser to Trump MORE declared an emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border to fund barriers there.

A spokesperson for Sanders, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, blasted the Trump administration for not prioritizing climate change in a statement to the British newspaper.

“President Trump has routinely declared phony national emergencies to advance his deeply unpopular agenda, like selling Saudi Arabia bombs that Congress had blocked,” the spokesperson said.  

“On the existential threat of climate change, Trump insists on calling it a hoax. Senator Sanders is proud to partner with his House colleagues to challenge this absurdity and have Congress declare what we all know: we are facing a climate emergency that requires a massive and immediate federal mobilization,” the spokesperson added.

The announcement came as Trump gave a speech touting his administration’s environmental policies Monday without mentioning the phrase “climate change.”

Although the resolution is symbolic and would not enact any initiatives to combat climate change or lower emissions, climate advocates say similar proposals in Canada and the United Kingdom have elevated the urgency of the issue.  

More than a dozen countries and hundreds of cities, including many in the U.S., have declared climate change an emergency.