“If we have learned any lessons during the past few decades, perhaps the most important is that preservation of our environment is not a partisan challenge: it’s common sense. Our physical health, our social happiness, and our economic well-being will be sustained only by all of us working in partnership as thoughtful, effective stewards of our natural resources” – Ronald Reagan
Many of the Republican leaders in our nation’s government continue to believe that Climate Change is not the threat that scientists have shown through the overwhelming scientific data. Some of the latest misguided statements have come from our own Scott Perry (R – PA 4th district). Mr. Perry attempted to remove the Pentagon’s requirement to report on the impacts of climate change as it pertains to our military – his reasoning was that other agencies are reporting on this and that it is not an immediate threat – our military leaders think otherwise! Fortunately, there are enough Republicans in Congress that must understand the threat and Mr. Perry’s amendment was soundly defeated.
The EPA head Scott Pruitt is calling for a “debate” concerning Climate Change, indicating that the American people want to hear the “other side”. Of the peer-reviewed literature concerning Climate Change, 97% of authors support the consensus that man is influencing the climate by burning fossil fuels. This does not indicate that there is a debate Mr. Pruitt, just ideological beliefs.
Meanwhile on the state level – the type of government that the Republican party consistently holds up as the ONLY place that significant decisions should be made, seven of the top eleven wind production states (renewable energy) are staunchly Republican as shown in the New York Times table below. While the Republican leadership at the national level approves of the dismantling of the EPA, promoting removal of climate change language from many federal agencies, and supporting attempts to downplay the significance of Climate Change in our world, many “red” states are proving that renewable energy is our only way forward and that fossil fuels are swiftly becoming a fuel of the past.
In the Climate Science leadership vacuum created by the Republican congress and administration, California has upped it’s game and become one of the world leaders in addressing Climate Change. A strong Democratic Governor and Democratic state congress have extended their current climate bill that uses a cap and trade program to reduce CO2 emissions. In addition, Governor Brown recently announced that California will host an international Global Warming Summit since, as Governor Brown put it, “the president ‘doesn’t speak for the rest of America’ in pulling out of the Paris agreement on climate change”.
We need true leadership at the National level that recognizes where the future of energy is headed. Stop wearing the ideological blinders and look to the states and to your constituents that are benefiting from renewable energy. Republicans need to STEP UP!