Big Changes Happening on August 7, 2019.


Fight Trump climate change falsehoods with facts

To the editor:

The best way to fight back with President Donald Trump’s falsehoods on climate change is with facts, so keep these seven climate change facts in mind no matter what falsehoods the administration tries to spread.

• Climate change is real and man-made, and there is overwhelming scientific consensus that this is true. Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists worldwide agree that climate change is real and driven by human activity. That is considered a consensus.

• All major climate change reports are thoroughly researched and based on the most accurate, up-to-date science. The National Climate Assessment report was developed and written by NOAA, NASA, the Department of Defense and experts at 10 other agencies.

• Climate change studies are transparent. Climate change reports from major climate science institutions around the world are entirely based on thoroughly peer-reviewed scientific research are further reviewed by external experts at various stages of development and are often even publicly available in draft form and open to review by the general public.

• Addressing climate change will strengthen the economy. More than 4 million Americans now work in wind, solar, energy efficiency and other clean energy jobs. Experts estimate investing in revitalizing water infrastructure in the United States could generate 1.3 million more jobs.

• Climate scientists are underpaid — or not paid at all — for their work. Scientists often volunteer their time to write climate change reports. For example, the authors of the NCA report did not receive compensation for writing the report, and academics are usually tasked with writing climate reports.

• Federal climate change reports are credible because they are written by scientists, not politicians. The NCA authors, for example, are not Trump appointees, but impartial, independent civil servant scientists whose work is not directed by the politicians but by the facts.

• Climate change reports consider a wide range of possible future scenarios. The U.S. government’s National Climate Assessment and the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s special report on different levels of warming consider a wide range of future conditions. All? Not good!

Evidence. Not fake news. More than 7 out of 10 Americans say global warming is “personally important” to them, of which 30% say they are “very worried” about climate change.

Trump will not stop the negative progression of climate change. He is deregulating with his pen. There will need to be administrative changes. The country must look seriously as to what is happening now and how it will affect our future generations here on our one planet Earth. When assessing those “sound presidential candidates,” choose wisely.

Edward Johnson