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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

A Climate Change Teach-In for Congress

Posted by on Tue, Mar 11, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Some Democrats in the U.S. Senate—including Washington's own Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell—staged an all-night "talkathon" on the urgency of climate change legislation last night. But:

The members know that serious climate change legislation stands no chance of passage in this divided Congress, where many lawmakers in the Republican-majority House deny the science of human-caused global warming.

Climate caucus members say their objective is to raise the urgency of global warming and build toward a time when the political landscape may have shifted enough that a bill could pass.

Sigh. Both Murray and Cantwell spoke about how climate change is a threat to jobs and ecosystems the Pacific Northwest, and both pointed to ocean acidification as one already-present danger.

 

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kitschnsync 1
It still seems many people don't connect the dots between climate change, carbon emissions, and ocean acidification.

I often hear people in Seattle joke that we are well-positioned for climate change. Maybe we won't run out of water and hospitable temps in the near future, but the oceans are dying around us right now.
Posted by kitschnsync on March 11, 2014 at 7:01 AM · Report this
pragmatic 2
[...]their objective is to raise the urgency of global warming and build toward a time when the political landscape may have shifted[...]


If they're that pessimistic they might as well kiss their asses goodbye.
Posted by pragmatic on March 11, 2014 at 7:04 AM · Report this
Cato the Younger Younger 3
I honestly gave up about 5 years ago on any real effort to try and prepare for the coming disasters. I'm sure there will be a scramble when the disasters start to kill wealthy white people by the thousands. And that would make for some compelling and entertaining TV.

But I'd just get ready for a huge population die off over the next 40-50 years.
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on March 11, 2014 at 7:14 AM · Report this
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Obama doesn't need new legislation to kill the Keystone pipeline. True, it'd be helpful if the media reported the news to the public rather than regurgitated deniers' lies about job creation.
Posted by anon1256 on March 11, 2014 at 7:46 AM · Report this
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The sky is falling!
Posted by Chicken Littler on March 11, 2014 at 9:08 AM · Report this
passionate_jus 6
@3 by and large it will be the poor that die in droves.

If you're rich you can move inland and move to places less effected by global climate change. If you're poor you stay and die.
Posted by passionate_jus on March 11, 2014 at 9:30 AM · Report this

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