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Over 200 congressional staffers sign letter urging Pelosi and Schumer to act on climate change

Over 200 members of congressional staff have pleaded with both the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and the Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to act with urgency in regard to climate change.

The staff said to their leader that failure to do so could have dire consequences for future generations.

“We’ve crafted the legislation necessary to avert climate catastrophe. It’s time for you to pass it,” the staffers wrote in a letter, sent to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday evening. The letter was signed anonymously and was first reported by CNN.

“Our country is nearing the end of a two-year window that represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to pass transformative climate policy,” the letter continues. “The silence on expansive climate justice policy on Capitol Hill this year has been deafening. We write to distance ourselves from your dangerous inaction.”

The letter was delivered amidst negotiations with Joe Manchin (D-WV) a package exclusive to Democrats which will negotiate the cost of living, the price of medication, energy prices, and the need to address climate change. “If you’re going to have gas prices lower, produce energy — period,” Manchin said.

Many staff have taken exception to Manchin’s stance and are demanding that the climate change issue is given a significantly higher priority.

Democrat member of staff Saul Levin said in regard to the letter, “It’s been very quick; this is extremely popular with congressional staff.” He added, “It’s taken no convincing, it’s like — ‘Where’s the link?’”

Levin went on to speak about how Democrat staffers have been conjuring up radical ideas to improve the climate since they took control of the Presidency, The Senate, and The House.

“This rose up out of staffers’ frustration,” Levin said. “A lot of people have worked on this bill for years, since before Joe Biden was elected. [The letter] represents immense frustration of people who are really close to power and did our job. How can we go home and tell our families we did our job this whole time and there’s no climate policy?”

They signed off the letter by re-iterating the consequences of ignoring the climate. “If we are already witnessing the consequences of inaction in your lifetime, we can scarcely imagine what we will face in ours.” 

ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH 

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: FOREIGN POLICY

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