Republicans Cannot Continue to Reject Science

Republicans Cannot Continue to Reject Science

It's getting very late.

Heat waves, droughts and forest fires.  Rising sea levels, melting glaciers and increased flooding.  Warming oceans, disappearing coral reefs and depleted fishing stock. Extreme weather disturbances. Increased disease.

The evidence is overwhelming.  Global warming is real. It is caused by human activity and it is already causing massive devastation.    

The simple truth is that if we do not act boldly these problems will get much worse in the years to come.  According to the scientific community, global warming is the greatest environmental threat facing the planet.  If we are to avert catastrophic problems in the coming years, we need to transform our energy system away from the burning of coal, oil, and other fossil fuels, and move toward energy efficiency and sustainable energy. We need a tax on carbon.  We need huge investments in mass transit, weatherization, energy efficiency, wind, solar, geo-thermal and other sustainable technologies.

Tragically, the Republican Party continues to reject science, continues to deny the reality of global warming and continues to impede virtually all efforts to transform our energy system.  Some of their leaders refer to global warming as a “hoax.”  In fact, incredibly, most Republicans want MORE dependence on fossil fuels, and are more than eager to accept huge campaign contributions from fossil fuel companies.

A modern society cannot survive if it rejects science.