When our South Bay 350 Climate Action Group asked for Congresswoman Jane Harman’s help with our October 24, International Day of Climate Action we got it. Her Environmental Deputy, Diane Moss, has been not just accessible but also terrifically responsive in a straight forward, no bullshit way the Greenius really loves.
And what I also love is the obvious way the Congresswoman studies the issues and isn’t afraid to say and do the right things – despite opposition from the far right as well as the far left of her own party.
If you’re a regular Creative Greenius reader you know that I’ve been writing for quite a while about California’s leadership on climate, renewable energy, environmental legislation and energy efficiency issues.
I’ve also been pounding away about the climate fate of the vulnerable small island states and sea level rise for many months now.
So you know how much I love seeing Congresswoman Harman call these very issues out in the powerful statement she released today with her reaction to the just concluded Copenhagen climate talks.
“Though President Obama’s personal intervention at Copenhagen salvaged a modest non-binding agreement among major polluter nations, he acknowledged that much remains to be done at the international and national levels.
The shortcomings at Copenhagen reinforce the truth that the most substantive leadership on the issue is coming from the state and local levels. Nowhere is this truer than in California, which has long been at the vanguard in the nation on progressive climate policy.
I continue to look to my district for inspiration, where Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Torrance and Los Angeles have signed the U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Action Agreement to honor or exceed the Kyoto Protocol, and where forward thinking policies have been adopted like Hermosa Beach’s recently passed rooftop wind ordinance.
Added to the list are impressive grassroots efforts like the South Bay Climate Action Group and business community innovations like Balqon’s all electric heavy duty trucks and LEDtronics’ high efficiency lighting.
That no bold or binding agreement was made to cap greenhouse gas emissions, despite decades of dire warning by the scientific community, is stunning. It is irresponsible to the poorest, most vulnerable nations, and it also neglects the citizens of the California coast, where rising sea levels threaten real estate values and problems like wildfire and drought are increasingly worrisome. “
I’m proud to be represented by a Member of the House in DC who knows what she’s talking about and who tells it like it is. There aren’t nearly enough like her in Congress and she’s a key ally to environmentalists and climate activists like me.
Thank you Congresswoman Harman. I appreciate your help and support on key environmental issues and you can count on my help and support in your upcoming election. I haven’t endorsed anyone else running for office in any race in 2010, but I’m endorsing you. I want to make sure you get to keep on doing what you’re doing without interruption.