Dire Climate Report Shows Need for New Representation in Texas’ 21st District

Congressional candidate Derrick Crowe (TX-21) helps lead a fossil fuel divestment protest on 11 May 2017. Photo credit: Matthew Krausse

Congressional candidate Derrick Crowe (TX-21) helps lead a fossil fuel divestment protest on 11 May 2017. Photo credit: Matthew Krausse

Austin, Texas — Derrick Crowe, congressional candidate for Texas’ 21st District, called for urgent action to mitigate fossil fuel emissions after today’s release of a dire new federal climate document by The New York Times. The draft report, produced as part of the National Climate Assessment, states that “evidence for a changing climate abounds, from the top of the atmosphere to the depths of the oceans.”

The document contradicts claims made by the Trump administration and U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, on climate change and human-caused global warming.

Crowe released the following statement after the report’s publication:

“As much as Lamar Smith and Donald Trump want to deny the truth, this report shows that Americans already suffer the effects of human-caused climate change, and we must act now to avoid truly frightening outcomes.
“If Lamar Smith won’t back science-based policies to protect his constituents, then we need new representation in Congress. If Smith and the GOP had heeded warnings from scientists decades ago, we could have responded in cheaper ways, avoided economic damage, and even saved lives lost to extreme weather events.
“Smith’s efforts to delay action on climate change have already hurt Central Texans.”

The full report can be read online: http://bit.ly/2vIWwtg

Crowe gained national notoriety as a “nerd for science” challenging climate-science denier Smith in Texas’ 21st Congressional District. A former congressional staffer and former small business owner in Austin, Crowe advocates for a carbon-fee-and-dividend system, along with a Marshall-style program to electrify our energy use, a rapid switch to renewable energy, and strong energy efficiency standards.

More about Crowe’s campaign can be found at https://electcrowe.com.