Green group pressures Sinema to spell out climate agenda
A climate advocacy group is calling on Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) to spell out exactly what she thinks of Democrats’ climate proposals for their major spending bill.
In a statement first shared with The Hill, Sierra Club Arizona Chapter director Sandy Bahr called on the senator to elaborate on her position.
“In order for Arizonans and all Americans to have greater clarity on exactly how Senator Sinema proposes to cut, add or modify climate provisions and funding in the Build Back Better Act, we respectfully request that the Senator either make public her support for full funding of the entire suite of climate and clean energy programs in the bill, or make clear which policies she thinks Arizonans can do without as the urgency of the climate crisis deepens,” Bahr said.
The Senator expressed support for climate action in an interview with the Arizona Republic last month.
“In Arizona, we’re all too familiar with the impacts of a changing climate … from increasing wildfires to the severe droughts, to shrinking water levels at Lake Mead, damage to critical infrastructure — these are all the things that we’re dealing with inArizona every day,” she said. ”We know that a changing climate costs Arizonans. And right now, we have the opportunity to pass smart policies to address it —looking forward to that.”
Bahr said that her group was “deeply troubled” by the Times’s report, but “hopeful” after the senator’s denials.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Tuesday also also called on Sinema and other objectors to detail what exactly they want from the bill at large.
“It is absolutely incumbent upon the two senators and the few members of the House in opposition to start telling us what they want,” Sanders told reporters.
He specifically said that the time is “long overdue” for Sinema and fellow swing-senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) to state their positions.
“What do they want to cut? Do they want to cut childcare? Do they not want to negotiate with the pharmaceutical industry? Do they not want us to be aggressive in terms of climate or affordable housing or community colleges?” he said.