Convincing consensus of local, national and international authorities on climate change

In “A Different Perspective on Climate,” (12/19) Katie Tubb of the Heritage Foundation first argues that there are “areas of uncertainty in our scientific understanding” of climate change. She then changes that to “great uncertainty” and then to “great uncertainty”, building on the familiar claim that the debate continues within the scientific community. Climate skepticism, she says, is deserved.

Readers should know that the US Department of Defense disagrees. In October, he reported that “rising temperatures, changing precipitation and the more frequent, intense and unpredictable extreme weather conditions caused by climate change are exacerbating existing risks and creating new security challenges for people. American interests ”. Americans can be sure the DoD has done its homework on this issue.

Business Roundtable CEOs also disagree. “There is a scientific consensus that the climate is changing and that human activities are contributing to this change,” they say. “Uncontrolled, climate change poses significant threats to the environment, the economy, public health and safety. The country’s top business leaders wouldn’t risk the $ 7.5 trillion in revenue they oversee if climate science wasn’t convincing.

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Rapid warming of the climate is the “greatest threat” to global public health, more than 200 medical journals recently declared, adding that without meaningful action to reduce global warming, “the catastrophic damage to health will be impossible to reverse” . Not 10, not 20, not 50, but 200 journals say so.

On the front lines of climate change, 470 Climate Mayors from both sides and representing 48 states and 74 million Americans embrace the science and pledge to take effective action.

The Red Cross, seeing the suffering it is already causing, calls climate change a “humanitarian crisis”. Likewise, Habitat for Humanity claims that climate change has “far-reaching impacts” in the more than 70 countries in the world where it works.

It is one of the three “defining issues of our time”, says the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund, communicating the urgency of a crime thriller, declares that “climate change remains a clear and present threat” .

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Locally, the FGCU says, “The global climate is changing and the impacts on Florida will be acute. Rising sea levels, declining water quality and ocean acidification could have a “major negative impact” on our health and our tourism economy.

The National Academy of Sciences, NASA, NOAA, the United States Chamber of Commerce, the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Smithsonian, and the American Meteorological Society all claim the science regarding climate change from human origin.

This is a convincing consensus of local, national and international authorities. Seeming tired of skepticism, Scientific American is blunt, “We live in a climate emergency and we are going to say it. ”

Resisting science and consensus, Ms Tubb opposes a rapid transition from fossil fuels and opposes any “response that could change the economy.” Once again, esteemed authorities such as former Federal Reserve chairmen and thousands of US economists disagree.

Adhering to ‘sound economic principles’, they say, by’ correcting a well-known market failure, a carbon tax will send a powerful price signal that exploits the invisible hand of the market to steer economic actors towards a future to low carbon, ”and in the process financially benefit most American families.

Congress has never been closer to adopting a carbon tax than it is today, but it is far from certain that they will. Whether as part of a possible Build Back Better legislation or a stand-alone bill, the Citizen’s Climate Lobby continues to urge Congress to put a price on carbon and we urge all citizens and local governments to urge them as well.

Our children and grandchildren are counting on us to reduce the damage we do to the planet. On the eve of 2022, let us say that the uncertainty in climate science is resting and let us decide to take the necessary measures now.

Joseph Bonasia is the Citizens’ Climate Lobby’s volunteer liaison with Senator Rick Scott’s office.

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