Rep. Ilhan Omar Advocates for National Emergency on Climate Change

Representative Ilhan Omar (D- MN) tweeted after President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency that the next president should declare a national emergency on day one for climate change. She also advocates for national emergencies on healthcare and travel bans.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 06: Minnesota Democratic Congressional-elect Ilhan Omar with her family at an election night results party on November 6, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Omar won the race for Minnesota's 5th congressional district seat against Republican candidate Jennifer Zielinski to become one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

On Feb. 15, Representative ilhan Omar (D- MN) tweetedOur next President should declare a #NationalEmergency on day 1 to address the existential threat to all life on the planet posed by Climate Change.”


The effects of conducting an actual national emergency for climate change would be disastrous. Oil drilling would be put on pause and restrictions would be placed on gas-powered vehicles, hurting the middle class most predominantly. This would also hurt the lower class as they are the highest consumers of public transportation and these restrictions would also increase that cost.

Other Representatives like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D- NY) have stated that the world will end in 12 years if climate change isn’t addressed. Rep. Ocasio-Cortez has also advocated for activists to “breathe fire” when it comes to the Trump administration.

A national emergency on climate change isn’t the only thing on Rep. Omar’s mind. In another Feb. 15 tweet, she calls healthcare and travel bans national emergencies, but fixing illegal immigration with a border wall is not grounds for declaring a national emergency.


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Megan Olson

Megan Olson is a 2020 graduate of the University of Minnesota with degrees in political science and history. She works in public affairs in addition to serving on the Legislative Advisory Council for School District 196. She is also on the school board for FIT academy, a charter school in Apple Valley.