Over the past two weeks local Indivisible groups including Indivisible Baltimore and Indivisible Towson have been meeting with Congressional staffers for Congressmen Cummings, Ruppersberger, and Sarbanes in an effort to get the three Congressmen to endorse the Green New Deal – an ambitious climate change agenda that seeks to combine aggressive federal funding towards investments in green technology and renewable energy with a jobs plan that guarantees all Americans a place in the new green economy. The GND effort involves the creation of a Select Committee with appropriate legislative and subpoena authority as well as a requirement that none of its members accept fossil fuel money.
On December 19, after personally meeting with members from Indivisible Baltimore and Indivisible Towson, Congressman Ruppersberger publicly announced his support for the GND, joining 44 other members of Congress in doing so. Cummings and Sarbanes, while supportive of the goals of the GND, did not endorse the formation of the GND Select Committee.
Update: On December 28, Speaker Pelosi and the Democratic Leadership decided against forming the GND Select Committee, and instead created a separate Select Committee on the Climate Crisis – a far weaker committee that has neither the broad scope nor the legislative and subpoena powers of the envisioned GND committee.
We are now working with staffers at Cummings, Ruppersberger, and Sarbanes office to ask that they publicly support strengthening the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis to include:
- Legislative and subpoena powers
- A broad mandate to address climate change, infrastructure, and green jobs
- A ban on fossil fuel contributions for its members
Furthermore, given the role that fossil fuel and energy industry lobbying has in preventing progress on climate change, we are asking all three Congressmen to take the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge.