• Science doesn’t belong in legislation! (...according to a few members of Congress)

    Last week, 24 members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee voted against acknowledging the existence of climate change.

    Good news, guys: Climate change doesn’t exist! That’s right—climate change isn’t happening and is definitely not caused by humans or pollution.

    You’re probably thinking, “Ivan, how can that be the case? Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists agree that climate change is real and man-made, how can you say it doesn’t exist?”

    Well, last week the House Energy and Commerce Committee voted on an amendment that would recognize the existence of climate change. Simple enough, right? But the amendment failed by a vote of 24-20.

    Now obviously, 24 House committee members burying their heads in the sand doesn’t stop climate change from existing. But the longer that lawmakers ignore the basic science on climate change, the longer it will be before Congress takes meaningful action to reverse its harmful effects.

    We can’t force these members of Congress to agree with 97% of climate scientists, NASA, and a huge percentage of the people they’re supposed to represent, but that shouldn’t stop us from doing what we can.

    Here are a few things you can do right now:

    — See if your representative or senator is a climate change denier. If they are, call them out on Twitter and Facebook—or go down to their local office and do it in person.

    — Sign up for our switch to clean program to learn about how you can fight climate change at a local level through things like solar raisings and changing your utility bills to renewable energy.

    — Check to see if there are OFA events in your area. This is a great way to get involved in the fight against climate change, or any of the other issues we’re organizing around.

    With enough grassroots pressure, we can push politicians to address climate change and take real, meaningful steps to curb its effects. With all the droughts, wildfires, and polar vortexes of the last few months, the time for us to act is now.

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