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The country’s hottest Senate race needs a candidate focused on climate

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A little more than a year from now, Americans will head to the polls in the 2022 midterms with a shadow looming over their heads: the climate emergency brought on by our overheating atmosphere. Devastating fires, record heat waves, deadly droughts and floods, and radical changes in weather patterns have highlighted the magnitude of the crisis this year, even as the politicians who have for decades let it happen continue to waste time bargaining about what should be nonnegotiable solutions to keep the world habitable.

In Pennsylvania, the national political bellwether and the site of the most hotly contested Senate race this election cycle, politicians have too often been among the first in the nation to compromise on climate. We’re already seeing the effects of that attitude in the bipartisan infrastructure bill. Instead of business as usual, we need to elect a senator from the Keystone State who is committed to addressing the most important issue of our era: the climate emergency.

The reasons are familiar, but more urgent than ever. First, Pennsylvania stands to lose countless jobs and economic productivity to the effects of the climate crisis in the next 30 years if we don’t take serious action to solve the problem. Second, the U.S. Senate — once a revered institution — has become the last remaining obstacle to meaningful action on the issue. And finally, the climate emergency transcends politics. If we do not come together as a nation to confront the climate emergency now,........

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