It is absolutely incredible that the American people would even considering voting for candidates who don’t believe that Climate Change is happening. Check out this amazing story:
Rep. Fred Upton: GOP agenda turns a longtime Republican away from pro-environmental stances - latimes.com Long a moderate on environmental issues, Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan has changed course. Reporting from Kalamazoo, Mich.— For years, some conservatives called 13-term Rep. Fred Upton "Red Fred." The Michigan Republican voted for amendments strengthening the Clean Air Act. He cosponsored a bill to phase out incandescent light bulbs. His website said that "climate change is a serious problem that necessitates serious solutions." So conservatives fumed late last year when Upton took the gavel of the influential panel that oversees environmental regulation, the House Energy and Commerce Committee. But the rise of the "tea party" movement, with its attacks on the Environmental Protection Agency and climate science, has pushed Upton to reinvent himself. Once a moderate, Upton emerged from an unusually close primary against a tea party candidate and a tough fight for the panel chairmanship as the standard-bearer for the Republican push to block the Obama administration's major environmental initiatives. (June 11, 2011) Los Angeles Times - California, national and world news - latimes.com
This may fit some folk’s idea of some great ideology, but not only is Climate Change happening, the folks we put into office are going to have to help us adapt and mitigate the consequences of Climate Change. Your public officials will be accountable when they get into office for our public health and safety.
The American public must wake up and learn about Climate Change and realize that we cannot possibly address the most important crisis of our century if we put into office ideologues who won’t or cannot understand fundamental Earth Science. There is no reason why physics and politics must part ways because it doesn’t fit into a political party’s platform.
When you read some of the official documents about what just the Rochester, NY region has to face on Climate Change, you get the picture. There’s no room for crazy talk about an imminent threat to our existence. The Rochester, NY region has a lot of Likely Changes that will occur because of Climate Change.
- Regional Climate Impacts: Northeast "Since 1970, the annual average temperature in the Northeast has increased by 2°F, with winter temperatures rising twice this much.150 Warming has resulted in many other climate-related changes, including: "--from Global Climate Change Impacts in the US (2009)
- Responding to Climate Change in New York State: Region 1: Western New York, Great Lakes Plain. Agricultural revenue highest in state, relatively low rainfall, increase summer drought risk, high value crops could need irrigation, increased conditions for grapes projected." from NYSERDA - EMEP: Climate Change
- Monroe County gets an “F” for high ozone days in this report: Monroe: State of the Air 2011 - American Lung Association
- The State of the Birds 2011 Report on Public Lands and Waters United States of America
- Why are Americans so unlikely to believe that Climate Change, which is physics, is occurring? Check out this video from the experts that gets to the heart of this matter. --from NSF.gov - To What Degree? - What Science Is Telling Us About Climate Change - How Do We Know?
- The American Lung Association’s report Toxic Air: The Case for Cleaning Up Coal-fired Power Plants documents the range of hazardous air pollutants emitted from coal-burning power plants and the urgent need to clean them up to protect public health.
- Climate Compared: Public Opinion on Climate Change in the United States & Canada February 2011
- Climate Change 101: Understanding and Responding to Global Climate Change | Pew Center on Global Climate Change To inform the climate change dialogue, the Pew Center on Global Climate Change has produced a series of brief reports entitled Climate Change 101.
- Read to find out how environmental groups are offering to help NYS help our environmental health: green memos to the governor & the state legislature Advice from New York State’s Environmental Organizations
- DEC's new updated Solid Waste Plan:Beyond Waste: A Sustainable Material Management Strategy - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation