Global briefing...Climate change top of Democrats' agenda

House speaker Nancy Pelosi declared climate change an "existential threat"

Climate top of the agenda as Democrats take control of House


Madeleine Cuff, Business Green

04 January 2019


The Democrats have vowed to put climate change at the top of the political agenda as they officially took over control of the House of Representatives in the US Congress yesterday.


In her opening address new House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said climate change represents an "existential threat" and called on Congress to "inaction and denial of science that threaten the planet and the future".


The Democrats have already said climate change will be the subject of the Energy and Commerce Committee's first hearing in January, while the 'Select Committee on the Climate Crisis' is also being reformed.


The Republican Party still retains control of the US Senate, so any radical climate legislation proposed by the Democrats is unlikely to become law, but the renewed focus on the issue is likely to push it up the political agenda. Key figures in the Democratic party, including the high profile new Senator Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, are clamoring for a new Green Deal to drive the growth of the low-carbon economy in the US.


Former US Vice President and prominent climate campaigner Al Gore told The Atlantic this week...