Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., in selling his Inexperienced New Deal, warned Tuesday that President Trump’s Florida property can be underwater inside 15 years if the U.S. doesn’t act to cease local weather change.
“Inside 15 years, Mar-a-Lago’s going to be underwater for over 100 days a yr, it’s going to be Mar-a-Lagoon, not Mar-a-Lago,” Markey mentioned in a dialogue on the Inexperienced New Deal on the Council on International Relations.
Markey, who has lengthy centered on environmental points, launched a decision on the Inexperienced New Deal in February together with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. Whereas the laws failed a Senate check vote final month, the Inexperienced New Deal has unfold into the Democratic mainstream — and Markey’s decision was co-signed by quite a few prime 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls.
Feb. eight: Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey speaks at The Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy Faculty in Cambridge, Massachusetts. (Photograph by Paul Marotta/Getty Photos)
That push for a Inexperienced New Deal has been accompanied by more and more apocalyptic language from Democratic lawmakers, who’ve seized on a U.N. report that concluded vital actions should be taken by 2030 to scale back local weather change.
2020 hopeful Beto O’Rourke, after he unveiled a local weather change initiative that will value $5 trillion over 10 years to succeed in zero carbon emissions by 2050, mentioned Monday that society has 10 years to “make the form of daring change that we want.”
Ocasio-Cortez put it extra bluntly in January: “Millennials and folks, you recognize, Gen Z and all these people that may come after us are wanting up and we’re like: ‘The world is gonna finish in 12 years if we don’t handle local weather change and your greatest difficulty is how are we gonna pay for it?'”
Republicans, together with within the White Home, have been skeptical about local weather change and have opposed Democrats’ government-focused concepts to fight the risk. However Markey on Tuesday declared the query was not up for debate.
“It is not a debatable topic, no matter how a lot cash the Koch brothers throw on the phony science, irrespective of how a lot greenwashing the fossil gas trade seeks to interact in,” he mentioned. “That debate is over.”