Kenyatta praises federal Green New Deal proposal (with video)

Urges lawmakers to proactively approach climate issues in Pa.

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 7 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., today applauded the announcement of a federal initiative to combat climate change across the nation.

“The Green New Deal proposed today by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from New York and U.S. Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts is an ambitious and aggressive beginning in the fight against climate change. From record rainfall and deadly wildfires to frigid cold temperatures, these unusual weather patterns are a constant indication that climate change is real and we need to act fast.   

“Today’s announcement also serves as a reminder that the Pennsylvania General Assembly must look to itself and redouble its efforts on climate change, renewable energy and cutting carbon emissions in the commonwealth. Last summer, Philadelphians dealt with several days of scorching heat, resulting in an increase in pollution and poor air quality and creating breathing difficulties for the young and old. The decline in our climate and increase in pollution is a social justice issue that hits poor and working-class communities the hardest.

“The legislature could start by supporting legislation, of which I am a cosponsor, written by my Philadelphia colleague state Representative Chris Rabb. The bill would transition the commonwealth to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. He and I, along with many of our fellow lawmakers, agree the change must start now.

“I also stood today with Defend Our Future at Philadelphia City Hall to denounce the president’s rollback of regulations on mercury. These changes would be reckless and dangerous. Pennsylvania has drastically reduced emissions of mercury and air pollution, but we need to do more. We have only one planet and it is our obligation to protect it, not only for our kids but for future generations.”