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Tell your PA Senator to Stand for Climate Action!

PA Sierra Club

Last year, President Trump embarrassed America by pledging to withdraw from the landmark climate deal, saying that he represents “Pittsburgh, not Paris.” Now two Senators who actually represent Pittsburgh have countered by saying Pennsylvania should be #StillIn.

Please tell your Senator to cosponsor SB 15!

Climate disruption is already taking its toll, as 2017 was by far the costliest year on record for weather-related disaster recovery, surpassing the previous record set in 2005 by more than 40%. Countless lives in Puerto Rico, Texas, California, Florida, and elsewhere have been forever changed by wildfires, hurricanes, and biblical floods. It is only a matter of time before we are all affected, and the longer we wait to curb our climate-disrupting carbon pollution, the harder it is going to be to adapt. We need to cut carbon now!

Trump turns US into rogue climate state

Letter from Dr. B. Gerard Bricks in The Times of Chester County, Jun 23rd, 2017

Trump has withdrawn the US from the Paris Climate Agreement. Trump has turned the US into a rogue climate state.Trump is lying to us and the rest of the world about Global Warming/Climate Change (GW/CC) and the supposedly negative economic consequences to the US had the US not withdrawn.

Fortunately, the US does have progressive, forward thinking, fact-based leaders at other levels in the public and private sectors to take the lead. “WeAreStillIn” is proclaimed by: 131 Cities and Counties, 9 States, 186 Colleges and Universities, and over 900 Business and Investors.

These climate leaders know and understand the facts that Trump and his administration do not.

The US has 25% of the world’s GP, spends $1 Trillion/year on our war machine, so contributing a couple $Billion to the Green Climate Fund to help poor countries mitigate the effects of GW/CC is NOT too costly.

The US has only 4.3% of the world’s population, yet our cumulative emissions have created 29% of the GW/CC problem. We have created far more than our fair share of the problem, but Trump says we will not help solve the problem. In fact, he’s going to do his best to make it worse.

This is a global issue and requires a global response. CO2 emitted in the US does not stay in the US. It’s everywhere; the atmosphere is well mixed.

Earth’s atmosphere is a common good. It belongs to every human walking the face of the earth. It is NOT our exclusive greenhouse gas dump….

keep reading at The Times of Chester County

And about global warming…

Naturally Donald Trump, who has declared global warming “a hoax,” would appoint someone in line with his benighted views to head the EPA. That would be Scott Pruitt, who as Oklahoma AG has served the interests of the fossil fuel industry and has made light of environmental threats, even including the spate of fracking-induced earthquakes that are ravaging his home state. As a New York Times editorial succinctly states: “An Enemy of the E.P.A. to Head It.”

Fortunately, lots of people in our state and county will keep doing what is necessary for the environment and human health (both are compromised by increasing temperatures). Here is PennFuture‘s take on the subject, which furnishes good facts in the case that you might need to dialogue with any climate change deniers over the holidays (you can also sign PennFuture’s anti-Pruitt petition here):

We must act now to avoid serious consequences.

Global climate change is the most serious environmental challenge facing Pennsylvania and yet we remain the third highest carbon emitting state in the union. The science is clear; rising temperatures must be limited to less than 1.5°C to give society a fighting chance to avert the most dangerous impacts.

While other states move from fossil fuels to clean energy, Pennsylvania is making enormous public investments in natural gas drilling and infrastructure that will cement our future as a dirty energy state.


Avoiding the Climate Tipping Point

If emissions aren’t reduced quickly, we may be too late. Scientists refer to natural “tipping points” that represent a stage at which mitigating climate change becomes difficult, if not impossible.
Choosing Politics Over Science

The science is clear, but some politicians want to foster uncertainty to fuel their own agenda. PennFuture is working to build public awareness and educate lawmakers that climate change is happening now and combatting it must be a policy priority.

Devastating Consequences

Without significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, Pennsylvania will be dealing with significant climate impacts, including:

Temperature Rise – Average temperatures will increase by at least 3°C, meaning Philadelphia’s climate will feel more like that of Richmond, Virginia, and Pittsburgh’s climate more like Washington, D.C.

Severe Weather – Higher numbers of extreme storms, such as hurricanes, snow storms, and flooding will impact communities across the commonwealth. Precipitation is predicted to increase by 14 percent, resulting in more flash flooding and soil erosion.

Increased Drought – Longer and harsher droughts and heat waves will put the most vulnerable populations at risk.

Wildlife Disruption – To survive, wildlife will shift northward and to higher elevations, reducing the amount of suitable habitat.

Sea Level Rise – Sea level rise could flood entire neighborhoods in southeast Pennsylvania.

Disease – We will see higher rates of insect-borne diseases such as West Nile virus and Lyme disease, and more agricultural pests and invasive species.

Also download “Pennsylvania DEP’s 2015 Climate Impacts Assessment” at the end of the post at Pennfuture