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May 30, 2008 at 1:26 am Leave a comment

Penned by Nick

The Union of Concerned Scientists today released a powerful statement endorsing regulatory action on climate change. One passage, in particular, resonated deeply with me:

“As temperatures rise further, the scope and severity of global warming impacts will continue to accelerate.
…If emissions continue unabated, our nation and the world will face more sea level rise, heat waves, droughts, wildfires, snowmelt, flood risk, and public health threats, as well as increased rates of plant and animal species extinctions. The longer we wait, the harder and more costly it will be to limit climate change and to adapt to those impacts that will not be avoided. Many emissions reduction strategies can be adopted today that would save consumers and industry money while providing benefits for air quality, energy security, public health, balance of trade, and employment…There is no time to waste. The most risky thing we can do is nothing.”

Straight from the expert’s mouths–hopefully our government listens. “By the people, for the people”?


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