As members of Congress scramble to avert the “fiscal cliff,” environmental activists are using the moment of legislative deadlock to highlight what they hold up as a more urgent crisis — the “climate cliff.”
A campaign launched this month by the climate accountability organization, Forecast the Facts, contrasts what the group calls a “manufactured crisis” — to reach a budgetary deal before the first of the year, when automatic tax hikes and spending cuts are scheduled to go into place — with the “very real crisis of climate change.”
“The fiscal cliff is being talked about with these fake claims of responsibility to future generations,” said Brad Johnson, the Forecast the Facts campaign manager behind the climate cliff initiative. “So they’re using language that would actually make sense if they were talking about climate change.”
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