Sen. Allard doesn’t understand climate change
While the majority of scientists and an increasing number of citizens are recognizing the growing threat of global warming, it seems that some of our politicians are still stuck in the dark ages. Senator Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut has sponsored a bill called “The Climate Stewardship and Innovation Act of 2007” which aims to reduce the U.S. emissions of greenhouse gasses by 50 percent by 2050. It appears that Colorado Senator Ken Salazar will support this bill and work to get it enacted into law. Colorado Senator Wayne Allard, however, has responded to the bill by stating: “Due to the global nature of the spread of greenhouse gasses, the U.S. should not implement arbitrary restrictions that will drive industry and jobs to countries that do not have similar restrictions. Until science surrounding global climate is clear, I am unwilling to commit the United States to damaging economic hardships and substantial reductions in our quality of life.” With only 5 percent of the world’s population, the U.S. emits about 30 percent of the world’s greenhouse gasses. While more than 150 nations have ratified the Kyoto Protocol, only two industrialized nations (the U.S. and Australia) have refused to do so. While fuel mileage standards have not increased in the last 20 years in the U.S., standards in China and European nations are almost twice as high as ours. In fact, American automakers can’t sell their vehicles to China because we don’t meet their fuel standards! Carbon dioxide concentrations in the Earth’s atmosphere are at the highest level (over 300 ppm) in the last 650,000 years. Ten of the hottest years on record (going back to the 1860s) have occurred in the last 12 years, and 2006 was the hottest year ever recorded in the U.S. If this isn’t convincing evidence, wait to see the results from the new IPCC report. Please e-mail your elected representative at his website (www.allard.senate.gov) and tell him to wake up to the reality of global warming. Remind him that politicians who remain dinosaurs are heading for extinction.Please e-mail your elected representative at his website (www.allard.senate.gov) and tell him to wake up to the reality of global warming. Remind him that politicians who remain dinosaurs are heading for extinction.
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