I do believe in climate change. 99% of scientists accept the fact that our planet is warming due to man made efforts. Most climate scientists agree the main cause of the current global warming trend is human expansion of the “greenhouse effect” warming that results when the atmosphere traps heat radiating from Earth toward space. Carbon dioxide or fossils’ fuels, methane and nitrous oxide found in industrial fertilizers are precipitating factors. Carbon and Coal Industry, worldwide is also a major factor.
These are my commitments: I will seek ways to make our air cleaner and our water drinkable. I will ensure our children can safely play in our neighborhoods free of contaminate such as lead and mercury, our families can enjoy our national parks and our sportsmen can hunt and fish in our lakes and forests. I will promote a healthy economy and environment by promoting new technologies that create good jobs and improve the environment of our world. And I will work with allies to accomplish these goals and to protecting the global environment, for this and future generations.
I resolutely reject the false choice between a healthy economy and a healthy environment. We know instead that farming, fishing, tourism and other industries require a healthy environment. We know new technologies that protect the environment can create new high-paying jobs. We know a cleaner environment means a stronger economy. I also support the expansion of the light-rail system. Light-rail will reduce highway congestion, improves air quality and broadens the scope of personal choice for traveling between our communities.
Today, global warming and climate change represent the greatest challenge confronting humanity and could pose an even greater threat to our species. Secondly, the ventures of the capitalist world economy are fundamental to the climate change threat because of excessive use of fossil fuels and a perverse sense of economic values. Finally, we must adopt alternative energy systems as soon as possible. It is critical to explore new technologies to assist us in reversing this dangerous climate change; time is running out. Experts who set the Doomsday Clock for the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists have moved the Doomsday Clock three minutes to midnight because of the increasing threats of nuclear war and global warming. This seems to me a credible verdict.
It’s been widely accepted by the scientific community that we have arrived at the new geological era, the Anthropocene, in which the Earth’s climate is being profoundly altered by human action. Such an era that may not be able to sustain organized human life in a way we know of. There is good reason to believe that we have already entered the Sixth Extinction, a period of annihilation of species on a enormous scale. The Fifth Extinction from 65 million years ago, found three-quarters of the species on earth ruined, as by a massive asteroid. There is concern by 150 distinguished scientists that “global warming, amplified by feedbacks from polar ice melt…may become irreversible,” with appalling consequences for most if not all life on Earth, humans included.
So, why are many still skeptical. In the presidential primary debates of 2016, every single Republican candidate was a climate change denier, with one exception, John Kasich — the ‘rational moderate adult in the room’ who said it may be happening, but we shouldn’t do anything about it. The media, likewise, has toned down the issue. The ecstatic reports on U.S. fossil fuel production, energy independence, and so on, rarely even mention the fact that these triumphs hasten the race to disaster. Under these circumstances, it scarcely seems amazing that a substantial part of the population either joins the deniers or esteems the problem as insignificant.