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Disturbing News on Climate

January 20, 2016
Blog Post
Disturbing News on Climate

Today, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that 2015 was the warmest year on record, breaking the previous mark set just last year. The message is clear – we must take action to mitigate the effects of climate change.

The science behind the so-called climate debate is already settled. The overwhelming consensus of the scientific community – including climate researchers, geologists, oceanographers, biologists, and geophysicists – holds that human activity is causing the earth to warm, with potentially devastating consequences. The international community recognizes the need to respond. Thanks to strong leadership from President Obama, representatives of 196 countries from around the world signed on to December’s historic Paris Climate Agreement and made commitments to reduce emissions.

I strongly support the President’s clean power proposals, which will help reverse the effects of climate change. New incentives for renewable energy will also have huge economic benefits, helping to create thousands of jobs in the energy sector and lowering energy costs for consumers.

Real progress on protecting the environment will require congressional action, but Republicans seem unwilling to even acknowledge the scientific evidence, much less the need to take incremental precautions against climate change. Instead, Republican leadership has brought dozens of bills to the House floor designed to roll back common-sense environmental regulations and provide irresponsible incentives for the oil and gas industry.

I strongly believe that climate change is one of the greatest threats we face in the 21st century, and I have co-sponsored legislation that would support the renewable energy industry, reduce carbon emissions, and implement new protections for the environment. I will continue to support President Obama’s efforts to put in place a sustainable plan for the development of clean energy solutions and to advocate for a robust congressional response to climate change.