This past week, four former Environmental Protection Agency administrators, all Republicans, pleaded with GOP senators to acknowledge and address climate change. “We believe there is legitimate scientific debate over the pace and effects of climate change, but no legitimate debate over the facts of the Earth’s warming or over man’s contribution,” William Ruckelshaus, former EPA chief under both Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, told senators at the hearing before the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety. The hearing focused on the EPA standards unveiled earlier this month to significantly reduce emissions from power plants. Read up on the new standards here.
But according to reporter Kate Sheppard, their fellow Republicans mostly ignored them, “instead repeating a variety of arguments about why the U.S. should not address the greenhouse gas emissions causing the planet to warm up.” This is where things get seriously frustrating. The opinions of these politicians should not be allowed to slow down our potential progress in reducing green house emissions and stopping the effects of climate change. Basically, opinions cease to matter when credible facts are on the table.
There is certainly no shortage of credible facts. There is a mountain of evidence collected over a number of years by literally thousands of scientists. Thousands of studies, reviewed by their peers, all point to the same conclusion. The planet is getting warmer, and humans are directly responsible. Its really quite simple. We know without a doubt that burning fossil fuels releases CO2 into the atmosphere. We know for a fact CO2 retains heat. We know increasing the average heat of our atmosphere creates global changes in weather patterns that have catastrophic effects. Check out the White House Climate report here, and then feel the frustration towards climate change deniers grow deep in your gut.
Obama recently outlined our plan to reduce carbon emissions drastically to help improve our climate and health. Obama’s plan to cut emissions is just a start. Inaction is dangerous, and we are literally almost at the point of no return. We don’t have any more time for silly discussions with climate denying republican’s that are attempting to slow the progress. Watch Obama’s speech below to hear more details about our country’s plan to reduce our carbon footprint.