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Jan. 24, 2019 - Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) is seen as a possible presidential candidate.  Merkley addressed climate change or, as he calls it "climate chaos."  "Climate chaos is affecting people all over the world," he declared.  "We're not talking computer models somewhere into the future, we're talking facts on the ground right now," he said.  Merkley highlighted several pieces of legislation he has introduced.  Keep in the Ground from 2016 would stop new fossil fuel projects on federal lands (>).  100 by '50 from 2017 would provide "100% clean and renewable energy by the year 2050 (>); Merkley described 100 by '50 as a precursor to the Green New Deal.  " This is a challenge unlike any human civilization has faced on this planet," Merkley said.   "Responsibility has shifted to the local level, to our cities," Merkley said, urging mayors to commit to 100 percent renewable energy (>).   transcript
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