Here are excerpts from two recent articles about climate change, presented without comment, as no comment is necessary:
‘It’s happening, it’s now,’ says U.S. government report on climate change
Nov 23, 2018 6:50 PM EST
On Friday, the federal government released its most dramatic report yet on the effects of climate change.
According to scientists, the country is already experiencing serious consequences from rising global temperatures, including more frequent and severe storms, fires and flooding. John Yang talks to Michael Oppenheimer, professor of geosciences and international affairs at Princeton University.
The government issued its most dramatic report yet about climate change today, and it came with a dire warning.
Scientists said the country is already reeling — feeling major effects of climate change and it has already cost the United States hundreds of billions of dollars.
The report, which was issued by 13 federal agencies, also highlights how climate change is expected to have a significant impact on the future of the economy.
The report links extreme events like Hurricanes Maria and Harvey and longer, more intense, more frequent wildfire seasons.
And scientists say there’s more to come. The continental United States is already 1.8 degrees warmer than it was a century ago, and the temperature may rise by another 2.3 degrees by 2050.
Unless more is done, the risks and impact of climate change are expected to shrink the U.S. economy 10 percent by century’s end.
And then came this:
Trump’s EPA Plans To Ease Carbon Emissions Rule For New Coal Plants
December 6, 20184:22 PM ET
President Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency plans to reverse a 2015 Obama administration requirement that new coal-fired power plants have expensive technology to capture carbon dioxide emissions, EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler, a former coal industry lobbyist, announced Thursday.
Wheeler said the Trump administration was removing “unfair burdens” on energy providers to “keep energy prices affordable and encourage new investments in cutting-edge technology that can then be exported around the world.”
Environmentalists criticized the move, which came as leaders from 200 countries meet in Poland to discuss reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Mary Anne Hitt, senior director of Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign, said the administration was trying to push its “backwards and false narrative about reviving coal at the expense of science, public safety, and reality.”
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So just keep on voting for stupid. Why worry about tomorrow.
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