Letter: Follow the facts on climate change

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Hundreds of leading climate scientists from around the world volunteer their time to contribute to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a scientific and intergovernmental body under the UN, to provide an objective, scientific view of climate change and its political and economic impacts.

From the IPCC AR5 WG1 Summary for Policymakers: “It is extremely likely (95 to 100 percent) that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century.... Since 2007, no scientific body of national or international standing maintains a formal opinion dissenting from the summary conclusions of the IPCC.” NASA agrees there is scientific consensus about the problem and the main cause. The US Fourth National Climate Assessment provides a clear two-page summary of what we know. Beneficial solutions are available if we act now.

Please ask Congress to address the major underlying cause of global warming today. Until enough citizens voluntarily speak up, money and influence from the fossil fuel industry will continue to dominate the energy policy of our country and delay necessary action, as it has for the past three decades. By acting together now we can reduce the negative consequences to come, eliminate other pollution, create jobs and grow the economy. Your children and grandchildren will increasingly appreciate this.

John Gage