| Participating Election
Climate Science tells us clearly, and most Americans understand, that we must act urgently to reduce our emissions or else face grave consequences. Truly urgent action means not only a Green New Deal investing in clean energy, but also putting a price on carbon pollution or banning fracking outright, policies which also enjoy wide support among the public, but not among members of Congress . The time to act was 30 years ago, and now that we have delayed our actions must be more bold. The majority of Americans, including 90% of Democrats and 60% of Republicans, also support reducing our military spending, which has ballooned by 50% over the past 20 years, to the point it has become over 50% of the discretionary budget. These increases have however been very popular in one place - Congress. Our current representative for example recently voted For the $740 Billion 2021 Pentagon Budget (HR6395) and Against a proposed modest 10% cut (Pocan amendment 839) that would have made $74Billion available for funding solutions to pressing needs regarding clean energy, housing, education, healthcare, public health and prevention, and poverty. Americans need jobs, and there is work to be done converting to a clean-energy economy: internal combustion engines need to be replaced with electric motors - we need to drastically increase electricity generating capacity and storage capacity - and buildings need to be refitted so that heat needs to come from electricity, not fossil fuels. A Federal Jobs Guarantee is another policy that enjoys majority support among the public but not in Congress. My father Vincent was an aeronautical engineer who helped design blades for the Blackhawk helicopter at Sikorsky. Sikorsky makes a fine helicopter, but I bet they could produce a fine wind-turbine too, if we act to build demand, and to free the needed funds by cutting back on the bloated Pentagon budget.