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The Climate Crisis

by The Sanders Institute

There is ample evidence that climate change is happening. 97% of scientists believe not only that climate change is happening, but that humans are causing climate change.

The National Climate Assessment is a report compiled by over 300 experts guided by the Federal Advisory Committee. Below are some of the key facts that that report uses to demonstrate climate change’s existence:

Global Temperatures are Rising

One of the key aspects of climate change is global warming. While this might not feel like the case during especially cold days of winter, it is unequivocally true. The last three years: 2017, 2016, and 2015 have been the three hottest years on record. The organization Climate Central also points out that “The five warmest years in the global record have all come in the 2010s. The 10 warmest years on record have all come since 1998, [and] The 20 warmest years on record have all come since 1995.”

Looking beyond the last 20 years, the National Climate Assessment shows that in each successive decade since 1930, the average global temperature has increased. The 1980s were the warmest decade on record, surpassed by the 1990s, surpassed by the 2000s….

keep reading, see links, and view Bill McKibben’s 3-minute video at The Sanders Institute

Molly on the Issues: Climate Change

email from Molly Sheehan, 12/7/17

It is time for a practical approach in Congress. A system where a problem is addressed based on the best possible solution for the people, and not for political gain. After earning my PhD in biochemistry and biophysics I’m eager to apply my scientific skill-set to work for the people in Pennsylvania’s 7th congressional district.

So many of the issues facing our country are improved upon when scientific reasoning is applied.

Research is available on all of the topics our decision makers in congress debate. However researched positions and pragmatic solutions are often overlooked in favor of funding and political gain. I would like to upset that system. I’m running to overcome the practice of being in debt to the special interests that help win elections. I’m running in order to save our environment, because science says it needs saving. I’m running because Congress needs someone who knows how to protect our fields, streams, and backyards from pollutants and toxic industry practices. We need an advocate for our children and for preventative long term solutions that look beyond the next election cycle.

Climate change presents serious threats to both public health and national security and there is still time to drastically improve our future outcomes. I believe investment in green energy research is the key to removing our dependence on oil from unstable regions which in turn slows climate change. As our environment shifts and becomes unpredictable, resources will become scarce in certain regions, leading to wars and increased global instability and health disasters. Crafting policies that will prevent such instability is paramount for preventing the future loss of both American citizens here at home and our soldiers stationed abroad.

Read more about my stance on climate change as well as other issues I will prioritize as the Candidate for Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District.

Daylin Leach on Climate Change

from Daylin Leach for Congress (PA-07)

Climate change is an existential threat to our way of life. The science is absolutely clear on this issue, and it is apparent in the extreme weather conditions we see occurring all too often around the country and the world. We cannot afford to play politics with an issue of such grave importance, and in Congress I will work with leaders from across the political spectrum that are willing to find reasonable solutions to curbing our country’s carbon output as I have done in the state legislature where the first bill I successfully passed encouraged inclusion of hybrid vehicles in the state fleet and where I supported enacting Renewable Portfolio Standards, which require Pennsylvania’s energy companies to produce 18% of their energy through renewable technology.

There are many creative market-based solutions to solving climate change:

Under a cap-and-trade system, we as a country would decide how much carbon we want to emit every year, and give companies the right to emit a certain amount of carbon based on those goals. Companies that emit less than their goal can trade their credits to companies that produce more. This system encourages innovation and competition.

Another option is a carbon fee and dividend system which would place a predictable fee on businesses’ carbon emissions that would be revenue neutral for the federal government as it would be redistributed to American households in a yearly dividend. This system would both encourage reduction in carbon emissions while putting more money into middle class households and spurring the economy.

My commitment to protecting the environment and fighting climate change are among the reasons I have been recognized by environmental groups for my leadership on these issues. I am committed to continuing to work with other leaders in Congress to address this imminent crisis to our environment, our economy, and our way of life.

The Climate Change Solutions Caucus is a Sham

By Richard Whiteford, West Chester Patch, 10/9/17 (also at WHYY, Oct. 23)

Rep. Costello, Meehan and Fitzpatrick do not walk the talk on climate change

Environmentalists rejoiced at the announcement that some Republican legislators in Washington joined the House Climate Solutions Caucus and publicly announced their acknowledgement that climate change is real and manmade. All-in-all there are 25 Democrats and 25 Republicans on this committee.

The ones in the Philadelphia region are Representative Patrick Meehan, PA-07, Representative Ryan Costello, PA-06 and Representative Brian Fitzpatrick, PA-08. Two Democrats, Representative Brendan Boyle, PA-13 and Representative Matt Cartwright PA–17.

On closer inspection of their voting records, perhaps praise was premature. Close examination reveals that these Republicans voted against legislation that would fight climate change. So, serving on this committee, it appears, must be a typical political slight-of-hand smoke screen or case of the large print giveth and the small print taketh away….

Keep reading at West Chester Patch. Whiteford, a noted environmentalist and Chester County resident, shows that from the point of view of reducing man-made climate change, Costello has voted on the wrong side on 10 out of 13 bills and Meehan on 12 out of 13. Furthermore, both voted for a budget that would cut $800 million from EPA and for an amendment that “prohibits funds from being used to estimate the social cost of carbon.” Meanwhile, Chesco’s third representative in the US House, Rep. Lloyd Smucker (R-PA 16), doesn’t even pretend to be trying to slow down climate change.