Senator Boxer: Update on Climate Change Science
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Today, as Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, I held a hearing on the latest climate change science. To read my opening statement, please click here.
Leading scientists who testified today added to the mountain of evidence that climate change has already started to impact the planet and will only grow worse unless and until we take action.
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer
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Thank you for being responsive to the science behind climate change and global warming. Please help craft and pass substantive Global Warming legislation to mitigate the impacts of climate change now. We are currently seeing extreme weather events across the country and around the globe costing billions of dollars of damage and concomitant increase in food prices. Continued Global Warming will devastate our economy far and away from any economic costs associated with mitigation. Thank you,
I'm just writing to say thank you very much for your straightforward, no BS opening statement on climate change. It takes guts to do your job well, and as far as I'm concerned, your position on climate change is spot-on. I wish it were not controversial, but the very fact that it is makes your position even more important. Keep up the great work. Every real scientist, and everyone genuinely knowledgeable about climate change is out there cheering for you, myself included.
David, Santa Monica
Please lead the stupid world out of its cesspool of global warming!!! As a registered Republican, I have voted for you each election. Keep up your intelligent leadership in climate control and other global concerns!!!!!!!!
Thank you a thousand times for continuing to fight for climate change recognition, assessment and action!! We've already waited too long to prevent all changes, and we need to act very quickly to minimize further consequences. The possible changes are global and powerful enough to raise stability and security issues for countries around the world, the US included. (Eg, food-livelihoods, refugee-migrants, borders, and political stability.) Tell the doubters: We shoot ourselves in the foot as a nation to keep pretending something this important isn't happening! A major domino just fell when Dr. Muller repented his CC-denial. Now is the exact time to keep the message up that we need to deal with this monster. Thank you again for holding this hearing and letting us know about it! Sincere Regards,
This is of great concern to me and my grandchildren. I believe the scientists that use the scientific method before I believe a senator given that most are corporate backed as the system is rigged that way. Our planets health should be a priority with us. Even the world leaders couldn't fight the money and came up with nothing. I'm truly afraid that there won't be enough voices like yours in our congress to make a difference and our health and safety is in jeopardy.
Lee, California Hot Springs
There is no such thing in science as a "consensus". The earth atmosphere is continuing to change affected by varying ocean currents and temperature, atmospheric pressure, massive geological events such as massive volcanoes, which cause the little ice age from 1300 to 1890 which caused the northern hemisphere to cool considerably creating failed crops and more deaths than the plague. Prior to the Little Ice Age, the northern hemisphere had about 5 Degrees C higher than the current temperature with a positive result of abundance of food and a booming population which did not return to the previous ice age levels until the early 1900's. The "Climate Change" you are addressing is strictly a political stance to suppress successful countries and to subject them to corrupt U.N. rules and redistribution of wealth.
The deniers continue to obfuscate, so your efforts are crucial. We need more truthtellers to face them down. Keep it up.
As a scientist (Health Physicist, not Climatologist), I am very familiar with the Scientific Method. I have used that method in judging articles and arguments on the issue of global warming for several years. Of course, I have found the data and the results of consideration of that data overwhelmingly convincing. The sole reason I can see for the anti-global-warming crowd argument is self-consideration concerning business interests and personal investments. Such "reasoning" has absolutely no place in a scientific discussion of a topic of such importance that it, literally, impacts on the future of life, including humans, on this planet. We have lost considerable time by giving these deniers time and publicity to the detriment of life on earth.
Brava to Senator Boxer for re-addressing this issue. To paraphrase Strobe Talbott, "We are the first generation to recognize climate change, and the last generation who can do something about it." Americans are starting to see both the subtle and the severe consequences of a warming planet: withered corn, radical storms, blighted trees and fires. The cost of delay far exceeds the costs of addressing this issue now. We can do so much through efficiency and better land use to sequester carbon. New technologies are coming on line but deserve better investment, while the subsidies to coal and oil should be "sunset-ed".
Margaret, San Francisco
Climate change is cyclical. There was panic in the 70's over freezing. How did that turn out? Humans are so insignificant to the planet. You seem to believe that we are really important in the world's function which we are not. Humans are basically a pimple on the rear of the world. You and I are just not that important or impactful to the function of nature. We cannot control climate. The world will be here functioning as normal long after we are gone.
Arlene, Laguna Beach
KUDOS to you, Senator Boxer, for taking a strong stand on climate change and "telling it like it is." We need leaders like you who are not afraid to challenge those people who prefer to stick their heads in the sand and ignore the reality of climate change.
Joanne, Huntington Beach
I'm so proud of you as my Senator for holding this hearing and for representing the evidence of scientists. Now we need an urgent call to action. The progression in the changes we are seeing will not wait for the 'business as usual' pace of democracy. Global climate change is the great leveler. Please act aggressively to implement recommendation for stemming this disastrous trend by ending fossil fuel subsidies, cap-and-trade, aggressive Renewable Portfolio Standards, tax incentives, subsidies for renewable energy. The solutions have been demonstrated around the world in Germany, Spain, Great Britain, Japan and others. It must be done and done now, not 5 more years from now. Thank you for eliciting our input.
Thank you for continuing to speak out. Thank you also for quoting people across the aisle who have affirmed that Climate Change is real. May all the naysayers soon cease thwarting positive change and may all Americans join in creating positive solutions.
Kathleen, San Francisco
How arrogant that you think - or want me to think - that you are so powerful as to be able to control the climate! All I need to do is hand over my liberty and property to you then all will be well? What SHOULD ths climate be? Should it be the way it was in 1970? 1950? 1877? Do tell, but you must have a number, or how will we mere mortals know if you priests of climate are successful? Sincerely,
Thank you for sitting on top of Climate Change issues. Being a geologist who is up on all the research, I think we've moved too slowly and are in big trouble. But we have to keep each other positive... Think positively--think positively!
Robbins, Eleanora, La Mesa
Thank you for having a hearing on climate change and introducing Professor Muller's most recent change of heart about the validity and cause of global warming along with the opinions of other respected scientists. It is time for everyone in our government to open their eyes, and if they don't care how the environmental changes are affecting the lives of our citizens, I would think they would finally be realizing that there is also a financial impact from climate change. Climate change not only has to be recognized but also dealt with in a timely manner. It won't be easy to "turn this large ship around". We keep hearing talk about how our debt will impact our children and grandchildren. I believe climate change will impact our children and grandchildren more and our debt will climb with each natural disaster. It is time to increase our regulations, stop subsidizing dirty oil, spend the money needed to subsidize alternative energy (not fracking!) and promote conservation. Thank you for attempting to start the process.
Jeannie, Cardiff By The Sea
Thank you for your leadership in combating global warming. As we see drought taking over the middle of our country, I believe it's imperative for our elected officials to take drastic measures to cap carbon emissions and reverse global warming. Thank you for your continued leadership to institute strong measures to keep our planet livable.
Thanks for bringing up climate change evidence. At this point I fear that the skeptics have stopped efforts to support protocols to slow the warming.
Clifton, San Diego
I have no idea where you find these left wing conspiracy driven, government paid so called scientists to go along with your outrageous statements blaming man as the sole cause of global warming! Most scientists have made a 180 on that after finding the data used was so biased and skewered in YOUR favor, yet you still push this big lie as if it were the gospel! Here is a scientific FACT: The Icelandic volcanoes of a couple of years ago, that shut down all flights in and out of most of Europe, spewed MORE "greenhouse gases" into the atmosphere in that 1 month than everything man has done combined, since he left the comfort of the cave. When are you going to stop spreading unfounded, baseless propaganda?
Rossco, Manhattan Beach
Thank you for your constant support for a clean environment! ! ! On Sunday one of the leading scientists in opposition to global warming fell into line with those who have proven that our earth is warming. We need to act on that information quickly to save our beautiful planet. You have my support!
It is horrifying and amazing how many people can still deny that we humans are causing such drastic climate changes. Hit them in the face with the facts, and they dig their heads further into the sand. (Guess we need to hit the part of their bodies that is sticking up into the air...) Thank you for your continued efforts to control and reverse what we are doing to the world climate. I am proud to be in California and to have you as my senator!
Thank you for continuing to champion action on climate change through spearheading the recent hearing on the subject. As a wildlife biologist, I see the adverse effects of climate change almost daily in my professional life. The signs are clear that serious problems related to climate change are already showing themselves as evidenced by the growing body of scientific literature. It is also abundantly clear that humans are a significant contributor to climate change and that our ?actions? to date to address this issue are woefully inadequate. The problems we see today are only a glimpse of much more serious catastrophes we will see in the future if we do not take action now. Thank you for continuing to fly the banner calling for additional action ? hopefully, your calls will not go unheeded by congress and the administration. Thousands of lives and the health of our planet are at stake. Sincerely,
I just want to voice my support for taking the most extreme measures to address climate change. It has become the most important battle to fight, for our future, my children, the world community. Stand against the oil companies that are stealing our future. Try us. We will rise to the challenge. Thank you.
Thank you for holding your Hearing. WE APPLAUD YOU and THANK YOU for your insistence for immediate action instead of a future timeline. However, you say we must adapt and mitigate. Adapt is expensive. Mitigate prevents the need to adapt and saves lives and money. Mitigating involves CLOSING nuclear plants, not fixing them, EVERYONE using carbon free cars - I see a lot of limo's and SUV's in D.C., also paper-free advertising- trees MAKE our OXYGEN. We realize it is hard work, but know this -watching your efforts is like watching the Olympics. We do know we have the best team. We do know you are a strong leader and care. Thank you for being diligent and faithful to us.
Jean, Redwood City
Thank you for your concern and leadership in addressing the multiple problems we are encountering vis-a-vis our climate. Hopefully we can start to turn around some of the devastating practices we have been employing and get on the right track before it's too late. Escalating fossil fuel use, nuclear irresponsibility, mountain top removal to get to coal easily, tar sands pipelines - all negative practices. We need to promote solar and wind especially with maybe some geothermal if done wisely. Keep up the good work!
Anitaw, Grass Valley