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Published on June 21st, 2016 | by Steve Hanley

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Obama Calls Out Do Nothing Congress On Climate Change

June 21st, 2016 by  
 

Over the weekend, President Obama visited Yosemite National Park. He used the occasion to slam congressional Republicans for their intransigent stance on climate change. While 99% of scientists agree that climate change is real and threatens catastrophic consequences for the earth, only 40% of the members of Congress do.

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Global warming is “no longer a threat, it’s a reality,” Obama said. “Here in Yosemite, meadows are drying up, bird ranges are shifting farther northward, mammals are being forced further upslope. Yosemite’s famous glacier, once a mile wide, is almost gone. We are also facing longer, more expensive wildfire seasons.

“Rising temperatures could mean no more glaciers in Glacier national park, no more Joshua trees in Joshua Tree national park. Rising seas can destroy vital ecosystems in the Everglades and at some point could even threaten icons like the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. That’s not the America I want to pass on to the next generation.”

The president attacked those who pay “lip service” to protecting areas of natural beauty and then oppose action on climate change. He also blasted Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for his recent suggestion that he would withdraw the United States from the climate agreement it made at the COP21 conference in Paris last December.

“We can’t treat [climate change] like it’s someone else’s problem. It shouldn’t lead to careless suggestions that we don’t get serious about carbon emissions or that we scrap an international treaty that we spent years putting together to deal with this,” he said. “This park belongs to all of us, this planet belongs to all of us. It’s the only one we’ve got. We can’t pay lip service to that notion and then oppose the things required to protect it. We’ve got to do a lot more. There is such a thing as being too late.”

While Obama visited Yosemite, Secretary of State John Kerry was in Greenland to highlight the impact of climate change on fragile habitats. “I wanted to come up here today to both underscore the urgency but also to learn — and I did learn,” he was quoted as saying by the Washington Post. “I learned more about the threat of the Antarctic, which in many ways is far greater than the threat of the ice melt here in Greenland, what I’ve learned today — and an area where we don’t know enough, where we need to do more research, and where we need to respond to greater effect.”

Just this week, climate scientists have confirmed that a number of temperature and climate records have been broken recently. Data released last week confirm that May was the 13th month in a row to break temperature records. In addition, new records have also been set in recent months for loss of Arctic Sea ice, droughts in India, bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef, and atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations.

“The impacts of human-caused climate change are no longer subtle — they are playing out, in real time, before us,” Prof Michael Mann, at Penn State University in the US, was quoted as saying by The Guardian. “They serve as a constant reminder now of how critical it is that we engage in the actions necessary to avert ever-more dangerous and potentially irreversible warming of the planet.”

Still, the thugs who represent us in Congress continue to use their offices for personal gain as they shovel campaign contributions from fossil fuel interests into their bank accounts as fast as they can. They oppose the Clean Power Plan that would reduce carbon emissions from coal-fired generating plants. They oppose a carbon fee that would level the playing field between fossil fuels and renewables. They refuse to consider a proposal that would increase the price of gasoline by a measly ten cents in order to promote cleaner transportation solutions.

They are perfectly willing to sell you and me down the river if it means they can continue to gorge themselves on the largess of polluters. It is our civic duty to vote those who continually betray the public trust out of office this November.

Source: BusinessGreen | Graphic: CDC.org





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  • kevin mccune

    Anomalies ,anomalies they cry ,for some reason they are oblivious to the trend,its easy to see how the arctic would have less effect on the sea levels (the ocean ice is already floating) but the ice on Greenland will contribute to the sea level rise
    Little things have bad consequences as we continue to foul our nest on the spaceship earth.Lets use “Sturgeons Law ” a little here ,if 09.9 % of the scientists are right ,isn’t it time we pulled our heads from the sand? And yes ,some of us privileged Folk may have to sacrifice a little( however we can lose a little and still have comfortable ,pampered lives) the average American these days lives better the Royalty a few centuries back.All around me in this area ,I see a mad land grab by well off people who have money and dont want to share with the other 7 billion people that inhabit this world with them ,I have been a Zek all my life and I can tell you the view of the haves and have nots ,differ greatly,
    IMO ,the riparian assets and springs should be common heritage and not under the control of one individual or group,I know some will take a dim view of what I say ,but its been said before “you cant handle the truth”.

    • Steve Hanley

      According to legend, F Scott FitzGerald and Ernest Hemingway were drinking together one day in Paris in the 20’s. After a few rounds, Scott said to his companion, “You know? The rich are different than us.” To which Hemingway replied, “It’s true. They have more money.”

      From all observable evidence, a significant segment of society is perfectly willing to fiddle while the earth burns. Why that should be so is a great mystery to me. I often think the scientific name for our species – homo sapiens – is inaccurate. It should be homo ignoramus.

      • Radical Ignorant

        Hate to agree. I wish so much you be wrong in this. But unfortunately you are not.

  • Shiggity

    We should start calling them the RobberBaron Congress. (Read about US Congress from 1916->1929, the original RobberBaron Congress. Every tactic they used, the current Congress is using but more advanced.)

    The people that control Congress are billionaires, the people in congress are multi-millionaires.

    Doing nothing IS THE MOST PROFITABLE THING THEY CAN DO. Literally making millions by doing nothing. Then you got the billionaire media barons backing you up.

    Congress approval rating with average Americans is under 10%. But that doesn’t matter, their approval rating with billionaires is at an all time high.

    At the rate we’re going, the majority of the US will resemble an 1840’s slave plantation in 30 years. But hey, corporate profit comes above human life after all.

    • Steve Hanley

      Welcome to the new feudalism.

    • Jim Smith

      but voters keep voting for Democrats and Republicans

  • kevin mccune

    Shiggity,Steve all is well on the ol” Plantation the house workers were able to beat the field hands to keep them in line .Meanwhile the Fox guarding the chicken coop said ” A short fall in Pullets will be more then made up by the increased fertility and egg laying capacity of the remaining Hens(The Rooster had no comment )

  • AaronD12

    Term limits for Congresspeople. We need it now!

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