Mark Twain might as well have been talking about global warming when he famously remarked, "Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody ever does anything about it." For years we have heard so much about the causes of climate change, that we've missed the fact that there are simple, practical solutions that can slow this growing problem. Technologies exist today that can cut emissions of heat-trapping gases and make a real difference in the health of our planet. And these solutions will be good for our economy, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and enhance our energy security.
In February 2007, a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded that global warming is happening and is due primarily to human activity. The report warns that continued warming will bring stronger storms, rising sea levels, and more intense rain and floods. The good news is that by taking action today to dramatically reduce global warming pollution, we can avoid the worst effects of climate change.
In January 2007, Senators Bernard Sanders (I-VT) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA) introduced a Senate bill that would gradually reduce global warming emissions by 80 percent, the amount needed to have a good chance of accomplishing this goal. In March Representative Henry Waxman (D-CA) introduced a similar bill in the House. Please urge your congressional delegation to protect our planet for our children by co-sponsoring these critical science-based global warming bills today.
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