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I was just thinking a bit about the GOP's unanimous vote in the House Energy Committee to deny the existence of climate change, and it occurred to me that there's probably a good explanation for it: Nobody's ever taken the time to explain to you guys what climate change really is! Or if they have, they probably explained it using a bunch of scientific jargon or faxed you a boring report from some think tank. So, to help you out, we thought you could benefit from taking a peek at this very simple, really engaging National Geographic video. It's even pretty to watch -- so colorful! You're bound to have 3 minutes in your busy schedule to give it a look. And afterward, you'll be able to grasp of the basics of climate science!Sure, the video plays it super-safe, and pretty seriously underestimates the scope of the threat scientists now believe climate change poses, but it's a start. Now, if you think that you can spare, say, 3 more minutes, then maybe you should read this excerpt from the Union of Concerned Scientists' nice explanatory article, also called Global Warming 101:
"What is global warming? Think of a blanket, covering the Earth.
When CO2 and other heat-trapping emissions are released into the air, they act like a blanket, holding heat in our atmosphere and warming the planet.
Overloading our atmosphere with carbon has far-reaching effects for people all around the world--more extreme storms, more severe droughts, deadly heat waves, rising sea levels, and more acidic oceans, which can affect the very base of the food chain.
What causes global warming? We do.
The primary cause of global warming is human activity, most significantly the burning of fossil fuels to drive cars, generate electricity, and operate our homes and businesses."
And hey, those scientists have some suggestions for how you guys should be crafting your policy, too, if you happen to believe that it's worth protecting the American public from the worst impacts of climate change. You can start by:
- Placing limits on the amount of carbon that polluters are allowed to emit.
- Investing in clean and efficient energy technologies, industries, and approaches;
- Expanding the use of renewable energy;
- Increasing the efficiency of the cars we drive ;
- Reducing tropical deforestation and wildfire risks; and
- Taking other steps to transform our energy system to one that is cleaner and less dependent on oil, coal, and other fossil fuels.
I know that at the moment, you're kind of going the other way -- by trying to protect the nation's biggest polluters from having to upgrade their decades-old dirty power plants and such -- but give it some thought. And remember, 97% of scientists agree: Climate change is real, and humans are causing it!
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