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Warming and the GOP

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Posted: Thursday, July 3, 2014 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

On May 6, the Obama administration unveiled a national climate assessment report, which confirms that climate change is affecting Americans in every region of the country. The assessment is the result of a three-year analytical effort by over 300 climate scientists. They concluded that global warming is causing the sea level to rise and glaciers and the Arctic sea ice to melt. National Geographic reported that Greenland was “Ground Zero” for global warming.

Recently, two senators expressed opposing views. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said, “Humans aren’t to blame for global warming. Preparing for drastic specific climate change is … overreach which will cause massive layoffs and destroy our economy.”

We all know the GOP is alienated from science, but it looks like this champion of denial is playing to the GOP base and conservative corporate America.

The report stated the oceans are becoming more acidic as they absorb carbon dioxide. This fact was expressed in a Senate speech by Rhode Island Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse. He said that the waters of Narragansett Bay have become so acidic that it has done severe damage to the state’s seafood economy. For his public stand, I consider Whitehouse to be a hero for decision makers as they prepare to draft climate-change policies.

Global warming should be viewed as a “natural” security threat to America and be treated as such by … all of us!

Anthony G. Pilla
Forest Hills

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