Climate Caucus Resolutions

The first two resolutions are the official position of The Climate Mobilization. The other resolutions were offered by participants in the Climate Emergency Caucus. We thank people for submitting them, and encourage you to take them to your caucus if you agree with them and want to introduce them as resolutions.

{Please note that these resolutions are the opinion of those who submitted them, not necessarily those of either The Fallon Forum or The Climate Mobilization.}



WHEREAS the proposed Bakken Oil Pipeline would transport as much as 570,000 barrels of crude oil through Iowa each day; and

WHEREAS once this oil is burned, the carbon emissions released would, according to research done by Iowa State Senator Robb Hogg, equal fourteen new coal-fired power plants; and

WHEREAS the Center for Biological Diversity has presented research showing that since 1986 nearly 8,000 pipeline incidents have caused more than 500 deaths, more than 2,300 injuries, and nearly $7 billion in damage; and

WHEREAS the proposed pipeline would cross all of Iowa’s major waterways, potentially contaminating the water supply of hundreds of thousands of rural and urban residents across the state; andWHEREAS 75 percent of Iowans oppose the use of eminent domain to build a privately- owned oil pipeline, and a large number of landowners have resisted efforts by the pipeline company to take their property through eminent domain;

BE IT RESOLVED that we oppose construction of the proposed Bakken Oil Pipeline; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we support tougher laws that prohibit the use of eminent domain by a privately-owned pipeline company.



WHEREAS climate change is causing immense human suffering, the wholesale extinction of millions of species, and disruption and destruction of the ecosystems of the natural world; and

WHEREAS climate change threatens the collapse of civilization within this century; and

WHEREAS confronting the climate crisis is the great moral imperative of our time;

BE IT RESOLVED that we demand an immediate social and economic mobilization to restore a climate that is safe, stable and supportive of human civilization, carried out on the scale of the American World War II home front mobilization – an effort that will require hard work and shared sacrifice from all Americans; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we support reducing our country’s net greenhouse gas emissions 100 percent by 2025, and implementing reasonable, safe and far- reaching measures to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that our government and elected leaders enlist tens of millions of Americans in efforts to rapidly expand our carbon-neutral energy and agricultural systems, conduct groundbreaking research, and implement large-scale adaptation measures; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this mobilization be conducted in accordance with the U.S. Constitution to ensure that the essential needs of the civilian economy and safety are met during this time of transition; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the U.S. government establish as our nation’s top foreign policy priority the reduction of global net greenhouse gas emissions and deployment of safe, comprehensive measures to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere until a safe, balanced, livable and sustainable climate is restored.



– We stand for direct climate solutions. We support a goal of powering America by at least 50% clean energy by 203. We also support a revenue-neutral carbon fee and dividend that accomplishes this goal. (submitted by Citizens’ Climate Lobby)

– We support a “Robin Hood” tax on Wall Street to fund climate action.

– We call for transparency and full disclosure in lobbying and campaign contributors in order to end the corrupting practice of governing under the influence of corporate dollars.

– We oppose policies that reduce nature to a mere economic paradigm.

– Whereas climate change is now a life and death matter, we support encouraging activist groups who work in the public’s best interest to temporarily stop working on their usual issues and concentrate their full energy on climate change.

– We support policies that do not leave landowners who are forced to have a pipeline run across their property stuck holding the bag when the pipelines are eventually abandoned because clean energy has become the predominant source of energy.

– We support  a constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United Supreme Court decision.

– We support public financing of state, local and federal elections.

– Whereas some electric utility companies want to charge a monthly connector fee for homes with solar panels, be it resolved that we oppose penalizing homeowners who opt to install solar systems, and resolve to prevent any such disincentives to clean energy.

– Whereas the US military’s planes, bombs, troop transfers, and costs of military action itself are the greatest users of fossil fuels; and whereas the US military’s destruction of flora and fauna exacerbates climate change; and whereas nuclear weapons would further destroy Earth’s precious resources, be it resolved that we support moving public money from the US military to climate solutions.

– We oppose the installation of any pipeline that is innately dangerous, infringes upon farmers’ and individuals’ land rights, and does not provide fuel to the people of Iowa or even the US.

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