Green New Dealers Call for Turning 'Rage Into Action' After Trump Refuses to Even Say Word 'Climate' in SOTU

“How can a president of the United States give a State of the Union speech and not mention—not one word about—climate change when the leading scientists of the world tell us that climate change is real, that climate change is caused by human activity, and that climate change is already causing devastating harm in the United States and in much of the world?”

“Don’t call them deniers, they are arsonists.”
—Naomi Klein, author & activist

That’s the question Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) asked in his rebuttal to President Donald Trump’s address on Tuesday night, as climate experts and campaigners warned that Trump’s bragging about U.S. fossil fuel production spells doom for the planet and a more liveable future.

“The scientists tell us that we have a very short 12 years—not a lot of time—in order to transform our energy system away from fossil fuels and into energy efficiency and sustainable energy if we are going to have a planet that is healthy and habitable for our children and our grandchildren,” Sanders noted, referencing a U.N. report released in October. “Somehow or another, Donald Trump just forgot to talk about that.”

Stacey Abrams, who narrowly lost the Georgia gubernatorial race last November, delivered the Democratic Party’s official response to Trump on Tuesday night. She too highlighted the need to take swift action to address the climate crisis.

The president’s annual speech, meanwhile, didn’t feature any mention of “climate change” or “global warming”—but he did acknowledge rising U.S. oil and gas production, a move that was met with applause from many members of Congress, including Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.).