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About a week before the Senate climate and clean energy jobs bill is expected to be released, the 5th US Climate Action report has been drafted by the State Department, according to Reuters. And here are the wholly unsubtle opening lines: "Global warming is unequivocal and primarily human-induced ... Global temperature has increased over the past 50 years. This observed increase is due primarily to human-induced emissions of heat-trapping gases." Indeedily do. And that's not all: "The effects of climate change are already evident, the draft said: warming air and oceans, vanishing mountain glaciers, thawing permafrost, signs of instability in the ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica and rising sea levels." True, true, true, and, yup, true. We already know all of this of course, but it's good to see that the government is on the same page. It will send a draft of its report to the UN after it's been open for public comment for a week.
Reuters has more on why the report recommends legislative action:
Without action to stop them, climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions will rise over 8,000 megatonnes by mid-century, the draft said. By adopting measures detailed in a bill passed last year by the U.S. House of Representatives, these emissions will drop beneath 2,000 megatonnes. They're now about 6,500 megatonnes. The United Nations measures greenhouse gas emissions in megatonnes, or million metric tons.Of course, there are a number of other reasons that it'd be a good idea to pass comprehensive energy reform--energy independence and job creation chief among them--but it is obviously of the utmost importance that we start reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Pronto.