Protesters Vow Hunger Strike to Push U.S. on Climate Change

Andrew Kelly/Reuters

Climate change opponents plan to stage a hunger strike to demand a meeting with U.S. Congressional leader Nancy Pelosi, they said on Tuesday, in the political battle over global warming.

The protesters said they want a one-hour on-camera meeting with Pelosi, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, to discuss reducing greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2025.

“You have yet to pass even symbolic legislation recognizing the climate crisis as a national emergency. With all due respect, you have failed,” they said in an open letter.

“Meet with us or leave us to starve while you jet to your Thanksgiving feasts and cocktail parties in the glow of a burning world.”

Global warming threatens the planet’s food supply with extreme weather, from drought to more dangerous and destructive storms, scientists say.

As leader of the Democrat-controlled House, Pelosi has been at the center of debates regarding efforts to fight global warming.

She has resisted a Congressional resolution called the Green New Deal backed by progressives that seeks a 10-year, government-driven effort to promote clean energy and make the nation carbon-neutral by 2030.

Pelosi has said she welcomes the “enthusiasm” behind the Green New Deal but in an interview with Politico, an online news site, called it a “green dream.”

A representative for Pelosi was not immediately available to comment on the hunger strike plans.

The Green New Deal has become a political target of U.S. President Donald Trump, who denies human-induced climate change, and Republicans who call the plan radical and too expensive.

The Trump administration recently began formal steps to withdraw the United States from the 2015 Paris Agreement, a global pact to cut greenhouse emissions.

The president has said the Paris deal would unfairly hurt the U.S. economy while favoring other nations.

Moderate House Democrats have unveiled a climate change plan to cut carbon emissions to net zero by 2050 rather than by 2030 under the Green New Deal.

The protesters said they will launch a week-long hunger strike on November 18, 10 days before the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday, at Pelosi’s Washington offices, elsewhere in the United States and in other countries.

They are part of Extinction Rebellion, a grassroots green movement launched in London in 2018.

(Reporting by Ellen Wulfhorst, Editing by Claire Cozens. Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, women’s and LGBT+ rights, human trafficking, property rights and climate change. Visit http://news.trust.org)

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Tom Bodine
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Check out that conglomeration of freaks, weirdo’s, basement dwellers and intellectually challenged and ideologically indoctrinated misfits.

David
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David

I’m proud of them, they’re doing a good deed. Once they die of starvation, the planet will not need to produce as much food, and less oxygen will be used. Let’s help 10 million liberals to follow them in their cause. 🙂

Michael Meroney
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looks like they may freeze to death in the process. We can wait to see how committed these snowflakes really are.

Millie Tyler
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I’ll take all the mashed potatoes they don’t want to eat.

Nancy Assaf
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The poor little snowflakes don’t have any REAL crisis to worry about, so they have to create this doomsday scenario. They can’t seem to think beyond their noses when it comes to the reality of how the World works. I’d site examples, but it would take me all day.

Craig
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Gas emissions could be reduced if they just shut their mouths -hot air ,too. Let these privileged prima donnas go without food for a couple of days. They’ll change their minds.

TC Merica
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So if they starve to death..
Less overpopulation
Their carbon footprint disappears
Fewer stupid people on the planet…
Fertilizer

John
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John

Go for it

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