Saturday, June 11, 2011

Do you really want a government official who doesn’t believe in Climate Change?

 

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.

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