Bernie Sanders went where the media won’t while supporting President Obama’s climate change initiative. Sanders bluntly called out the Republican Party for being owned by the Koch brothers, and the oil companies.
In a statement, Sen. Sanders said:
I applaud President Obama for recognizing that climate change is the great planetary crisis facing our country and the world. I support his plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants and to promote more wind and solar power and other sources of renewable energy.
It is time for Republicans in Congress to stop obstructing efforts to transform our energy system away from fossil fuels and toward energy efficiency and renewable energy sources.
I understand that Republicans, including many of those running for president, are dependent on the Koch brothers, oil companies, and other fossil-fuel contributors. Maybe for once they can overcome the needs of their campaign contributors and worry instead about the planet they are leaving their kids and grandchildren and young people all over the world.
That was an effective call out of the real reason Republicans are opposed to doing anything to combat climate change by Sen. Sanders. The media won’t go there, and many Democrats are afraid to say it out loud, but the truth is that Republicans oppose any effort to combat climate change because they are owned by the Koch brothers, the oil companies, and the fossil fuel industry.
Congress has become an institution that only serves those who write the biggest checks to fund their campaigns. The actual process of governing operates through a filter of donor whims and needs. The Republican-controlled Congress does not respond to desires of the majority because cash comes before constituents.
President Obama is taking bold and historic action to deal with climate change, and he needs the support of every moderate, progressive, and liberal in this country. Sen. Sanders is standing with the president. Hillary Clinton has pledged to defend Obama’s plan if she becomes the next president, and now it is up to the American people to fight back against the Koch controlled GOP to preserve the planet.