Schumer Demands Global Warming Concessions from Trump for Infrastructure Bill

‘Real action on climate change has been stymied by the denialism of the president…’

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(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said that if Republicans want compromise, they must support climate change initiatives as part of an infrastructure package.

In an op-ed for the Washington Post, Schumer said Congress must take action and “mitigate the risks the U.S. already faces from climate change.”

With Democrats in control of the House, now is the best time to take action, he said.

“For too long, Congress has failed to act in a meaningful way to combat the threat posed by climate change. Powerful special interests have a stranglehold on many of my Republican colleagues; some GOP legislators even refuse to acknowledge that climate change is happening,” Schumer wrote. “So despite the immense size of the problem, despite wildfires that sweep through the West and hurricanes that grow more powerful over the years, real action on climate change has been stymied by the denialism of the president and too many Republicans in Congress.”

Schumer said if President Trump wants a bipartisan, comprehensive infrastructure bill, he must take steps toward supporting clean energy.

If he doesn’t, “Trump should not count on Democratic support in the Senate.”

Schumer cited a report published by the National Climate Assessment, which Environmental Protection Agency director Andrew Wheeler blasted as a “worst-case scenario.”

“Even the Trump administration, which officially denies humankind’s role in climate change, released a report last month outlining its current impacts and warning of dire consequences in the near future,” Schumer wrote.

Wheeler has dismissed the report, however, saying that it was based off of faulty material and conducted at the behest of former President Barack Obama’s administration.

“I don’t think the assessment really took into account the innovation that we’ve seen and the technological advancement that we’ve seen in recent years,” Wheeler said. “It basically freezes technology going forward.”