A crucial alarm was brought to our attention yesterday.

United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said:   “Climate change caused by burning fossil fuels has accelerated to the point that the only chance of keeping the world’s temperature below a dangerous level may be to end all greenhouse gas emissions by the end of this century The report issued in Copenhagen said climate change already is affecting life on every continent and in rising oceans.

“Science has spoken. There is no ambiguity in their message. Leaders must act. Time is not on our side,” U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.

“The scientific community across the world is sounding the alarm. Climate change is real and it will have devastating consequences around the globe unless we act boldly and decisively,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders, a member of the Senate environment and energy committees.

Sanders has proposed a fee on carbon and methane emissions. The measure is cosponsored by Sen. Barbara Boxer, chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Their bill would help create millions of jobs transforming the U.S. energy system away from fossil fuels to sustainable energy sources such as wind, solar, geothermal and biomass. Another Sanders bill would end tax breaks and subsidies for oil and coal companies. A companion measure in the House is sponsored by Rep. Keith Ellison.

Both ideas are backed by scientists and leading economists but blocked by Republicans in Congress. “Many Republicans now respond to the crisis of climate change by saying they are not scientists and therefore have no opinion,” Sanders said. “Well, most of them are not doctors but they respect doctors’ opinions on cancer and heart disease. Most of them are not generals but they respect the opinions of our military leaders. It’s time for them to respect the views of the scientific community on climate change.”

It is time to bug your representatives to DO SOMETHING ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE, no matter what party you belong to.  Let us try to save what we have before we see devastation as it is portrayed in science fiction movies like blade runner.

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  1. It is indeed serious but it means change of life- style for many. China that rising world giant is just starting to industrialise. They want what western nations have had for years.
    Fracking is getting off the ground to produce cheap oil .
    Already in the UK battles are going on to start this practice.
    The world hungers for oil and energy there is no talk of limits to growth. No talk of reducing expansion brought about largely by science and technology.
    Many in the scientific community. see themselves as the green saviours of the world they assisted to destroy.
    I view this as similar to placing a straw to stop a steam roller.

    • 2gadabout

      How right you are. Getting American’s to change their lifestyles is a hard sell, but weather has serious consequences that will make it happen no matter how thick headed our leaders choose to be. No one talks about limiting growth or anything they like, including cheap oil. I love your simile and recognize change is sloooooow. I must point out the changes made in people’s eating habits, to less meat and more organic foods. Gives me hope that change is possible. Thanks so much for posing the tough realities we face, in our country and the growing world.

      • We have always been controlled by the weather but in this technical era we fancy we are in control.
        Leaders don’t lead they are just very well paid for holding the reins.

      • 2gadabout

        OMIGOSH! What a delectable mouthful, “LEADERS DON’T LEAD, THEY ARE JUST VERY WELL PAID FOR HOLDING THE REINS.” I’ve got to remember that and use it often because it is SO, SO, TRUE. Thanks for writing.

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