by Marianne Lavelle, InsideClimate News
Capitol Hill is about to get an injection of environmental and climate activism.
The freshman class of the 116th Congress—in addition to including an historic number of women and being one of the most ethnically and racially diverse—will have a striking number of members who have been environmental crusaders. With track records of taking on powerful fossil fuel interests or building clean energy businesses, many of them are talking about a “Green New Deal”—a massive federal government effort for clean energy and jobs.
Although such federal legislation seems unlikely in the short term, given the Republicans’ hold on the Senate and President Donald Trump’s veto pen, this Congress will have members who have taken on big environmental and social justice challenges and prevailed.
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