"For President Trump, climate change is real" – conservative
Another of the young activists who testified in Congress this morning is Benjy Backer, a 21-year-old student who was besieged at the University of Washington, Seattle, who described himself as a conservative.
Backer founded the American Conservation Coalition, a conservative group that supports environmental policies. Here's an article about him in the New York Times last month.
He told the newspaper that he was "encouraged by Donald Trump" talk on the environment of July 8th as well as the recent moves of some Republicans in Congress to advance climate policies. But he also said that the changes are not happening fast enough to attract his generation of environmentally conscious conservatives. "
Backer said this morning in front of the committee that wanted to say "to President Trump – climate change is real. It's not a hoax."
He later claimed to be effectively optimistic about the potential to avoid a global climate catastrophe.
"We have time, science says," he said. "We have the opportunity to meet and work through the party lines, so I feel confident."
Do lawmakers continue to call Greta Thunberg "Miss Toonberry"?
What happens? Am I listening to things? The second committee member who now holds his hearing on climate change on Capitol Hill has now called the 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg as "Toonberry".
His surname is pronounced Toonberg, as far as I know. Feel free to do so send me a tweet if I hear things, because it seemed crystal clear to me from the excellent live feed …
Young climate activist Vic Barrett has just given opening remarks, warning of rising seas, particularly due to climate change.
Barrett is a plaintiff in a lawsuit, Juliana against the United States, which instructs the federal government to violate the constitutional rights of young people by perpetuating systems that contribute to climate disintegration.
Those young people – who range from 11 to 23 years and come from all corners of the nation – argue that the constitution gives them and future generations the right to an environment free of climatic catastrophes.
"The planet is collapsing"
American youth activist Jamie Margolin entered the scene with his opening statement prepared. He sues his state, Washington, for climate change.
"People who say we have a great future ahead of me are lying to me," he said at the Congress hearing.
He underlines that the destruction already seen in the world by the climate crisis "will get worse" and that his generation is left in a terrible legacy.
"The government cannot even begin to imagine the dimensions of the political change that must happen to act on the climate crisis," he says. "Young people ask for a new era altogether … we only have a few months left to move to a renewable energy economy. People call my Generation Z generation like we're the latest generation, but we're not, we're the GND Generation – the new green generation, "he said.
Greta: I didn't come to offer prepared observations
"I don't want you to listen to me, I want you to listen to scientists and I want you to unite behind science," he said
"The burning of fossil fuels is heating the planet … we need to do more"
Florida Democrat Kathy Castor has just mentioned that the first congressional hearing on climate change took place in 1988.
Imagine how far off efforts would have been to combat climate change if Congress and the United States had acted strongly back then.
Perhaps we would not now speak of a climate crisis or a climatic emergency.
To those who still doubt, Castor said: "The burning of fossil fuels is heating the planet and altering the climate of the world".
But he said, the United States and the world have solutions to avoid dangerous global warming.
"We can do it," he said, while acknowledging that "a strong action plan was lacking in the United States."
Republican states that climate change is real
It might sound like a fun title, but as we know, it's all but taken for granted when you talk about Republicans on Capitol Hill.
Adam Kinzinger, a Republican from the Illinois and a rare Republican in Congress who will follow Donald Trump on Twitter when he feels sufficiently moved, has just opened his observations on the climate with these words: "Climate change is real ".
He said the United States must reduce its carbon emissions, but it was also important to intervene on this all over the world.
Greta Thunberg: on Capitol Hill now
Climate activist Greta Thunberg is about to testify at the Congress, on the occasion of a joint hearing before the subcommittee on foreign affairs of the Chamber on Europe, Eurasia, energy and the environment and the selected committee of the Chamber on climate crisis.
Our political journalist Lauren Gambino is on the hill and our environmental journalist Oliver Milman is observing and will provide us with a greater context on climate science and the wider environmental debate. (Lauren heard yesterday the hearing of Corey Lewandowski, Greta Thunberg today, what a contrast.)
Ollie just tweeted this:
The Federal Reserve is preparing to cut interest rates
Greta is coming, but Jay too
The US Federal Reserve is preparing to cut interest rates by a quarter
of a percentage later today, between 1.75% and 2%, at the conclusion of
his September meeting, according to numerous reports, writes Edward Helmore.
After the meeting, at 14:30 ET, economists will follow closely
for signals from the Fed presidency Jerome Powell (aka Jay) which is the central bank
will probably continue to cut rates again this year.
Officials have indicated they weaken global industrial production and
persistent uncertainty on trade policy, in particular between
United States and China, as a key to their thinking.
At the last Fed meeting in July, Powell described the rate cut as a
"Regulation of the intermediate cycle", in the sense that it was not part of a higher rate
Do you keep the seat warm?
There was no doubt that the United States needed a new FAST national security advisor after the abrupt expulsion John Bolton last week.
It is the United Nations General Assembly in New York next week, when the major world leaders will descend. And the tension in the Middle East between Saudi Arabia and Iran could be cut with a sword.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo could welcome the nomination of Robert O & # 39; Brien this morning to the post – he will be seen as a minor addition to a large team of rivals who push for Trump's ear as the nomination more than one official, perhaps, dare to say one, to make sure there is someone on the bridge.
Trump did not say that O & # 39; Brien would be acting a national security advisor, however, which is one of his favorite tactics for keeping aspiring permanent senior cabinet members standing but, presumably, ultra faithful (if not a little submissive).
It was no secret that Pompey and Bolton were prone to confrontation.
OBrien's most recent high-profile mission, such as the US Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs, was to be sent to Stockholm to monitor the prosecution of the American rapper A $ AP Rocky. Nuff said.
To reach you, a court in Stockholm last month found A $ AP Rocky guilty of assault, but spared him in a case that outraged fans of the American rapper and sparked a diplomatic brawl when Trump questioned Equity of the Swedish judicial system.
Trump appoints Robert O & # 39; Brien as new national security adviser
Donald Trump has just made another important announcement via Twitter.
President fired his former national security adviser John Bolton last week.
Trump threatens to increase sanctions against Iran
The president fired his last shot through the bows of I came across. He hasn't given any details yet, which presumably means he thinks he speaks for himself through his foreign policy brand: Twitter diplomacy.
It is the last roar of a row about US accusations that Iran was behind the weekend Saudi drone attack oil plants this has reduced the production of the Middle Eastern kingdom.
Today, Iranian president Hassan Rouhani described the American claims that Tehran was involved in the devastating attack on Saudi Arabia's oil facilities as a slanderous and simply part of Washington's continuing campaign to isolate and exert pressure on Iran, my colleague in London, Patrick Wintour, writes. You can read his latest report on this here.
Greta Thunberg on Capitol Hill
Good morning, US political observers, it's a full day, welcome to your front row seat online for the whole drama, live.
- Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg testifies today to the United States Congress, with the main US youth activists. We will have a live feed when the hearing begins, at 10 ET ET (3PM BST). His appearance comes a day after telling Congress, at a special event yesterday, that he didn't want praise, that it was science and he said about action to fight the climate crisis: "You're not trying hard enough. I'm sorry." Guardian political journalist Lauren Gambino will be in the hearing.
- member of Congress Rashida Tlaib and military veterans will hold a press conference this morning on a Vietnam "America" bombing report that reveals "that pro-Trump foreign interference in 2020 elections it started".
- Donald Trump is in California for fundraisers and will visit the southern border later, the next day he moved to put an end to the state authority to establish his own vehicle emission standards and prohibit states from establishing their own regulations. This is from the man who says he appreciates clean air. Stay tuned.
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