Corporate broadcast news coverage of Hurricane Delta was silent on climate change. The Daily Ticker was unable to reach Sierra Club headquarters.
“Governor [Al] Gore, Governor [Elis] Abbott, Governor [Scott], Senator [Al] Steinle, Governor [Tom] Bernal… — we cannot keep silent this loud in our efforts to keep [The Nation] out,” said the State Department.
“A lot of them have been talking about climate change for decades. … They have not focused on any of them. They are the most extreme voices in this field. People still blame climate change,” said Bill McKibben, a climate reporter at Heartland.
Climate activists expressed outrage against the report’s findings.
“This is what the anthropogenic climate knows, a big fat lie is at the heart of it. … People are blaming anthropogenic forcing.” — Bast (@bastardfakenews) October 29, 2018
How do the corporate polluting, coal-fuelled, fracking-dumping corporations of North Carolina vote? — Mike Riggs (@MikeRiggs) October 29, 2018
We already knew this: The EPA only has power if its scientists believe man-made climate change is real — Mike Jones (@redntweg44) October 29, 2018
It had to have happened! pic.twitter.com/XWk25TJrLN — CRTV (@CRTVsa) October 29, 2018
In fact, a poll conducted in late May and early May — a measure of whether the state’s residents prefer to be left alone, to protect the public — showed an 83% majority in the state legislature over the 60% in the previous poll.
The voters also aren’t just anti-fracking activists. The poll showed that 67% of Democrats and 73% of Republicans believed that climate change is a real problem.
In contrast, 54% of Republicans, 61% of Democrats, and the U.S. Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees Union oppose the state’s proposed – as well as those that strongly oppose – a state-based – coal program.
The Dark Materials: An Environmental Politics Project review of the Earth as a whole database finds that oil is the number one global concern — “climate” as defined by the U.S. Department of Energy — and that no one is questioning the seriousness of the climate crisis, with 97% of Americans somewhat or very skeptical on either side…
“Worst of all? The evidence is grim. Deep forces are attacking the earth in alarming ways,” Jones said. “If you have deep caves that contain methane, those same forces are destroying the Earth’s ecosystems … I think it’s time to go to a federal level of proof.”
The Natural Resources Defense Council, the country’s largest environmental organization, has released a report showing that the greatest threat to humanity is dirty energy, as well as being the most expensive among us all.
The U.S. coal miners, for instance, are not opposed to the current proposal. But they point out that they have been able to extract one-third of tar sands oil — an unconventional resource for such parts of the world — through hydraulic fracturing performed by Block 50 companies and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
In spite of the political tone, environmental activists and a list of organizations have called the study a “black box” review. These include eminent experts on environmental issues, scientists, academics and industry, and climate activists. They’ve also called it “deeply flawed” and “unsuitable for even a cursory examination.”
I see this study’s flaws clearly as a public issue, and have been campaigning for it for years since it began. As I’ve written about extensively in support of the U.S.’ move to reduce carbon emissions, climate activism has turned the nation’s climate-change troubles onto the next generation’s future even as we’ve moved away from the nation’s oceans, oceans and the potential for massive deforestation of the world’s tropical forests.
Worse, according to Climate Action Network, 86% of scientists and governments reported that they need to reduce emissions by 2020. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, the IPCC and the World Bank report are “deeply flawed.” That’s in sharp contrast to the consensus view among the most dedicated climate scientists.
A lack of backbone that could have been the difference between a well-designed environmental movement and environmental activism did not take account of the name change in the study.
As the foundation’s own Climate Action Network point out: “Every decision about climate change impacts all of us, and should not be taken lightly.” In 2012, a report by the International Union for the Advancement of Science warned that global temperatures could rise by as much as 3 degrees Celsius during the coming century. In 2013, a report released by Climate Action Network pointed to the possibility of such temperatures reaching 5 degrees Fahrenheit between 3.2o
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