Unlike Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, I do think that now is the time to talk about climate change and global warming.
In spite of the fact that our current president has called global warming “a Chinese hoax” we need to open our minds and listen to what the experts have tried to tell us.
It’s time that we quit treating how we address climate change science as a political football and do the real work that is overdue. Many of our politicians are lining their pockets with easy money from Big Energy and Big Business and turning a deaf ear to the scientists across the world that are studying the effects of climate change and global warming on our planet.
Below is a video of a visualization based on GISTEMP data.
In just over a month the U.S. was hit by 3 devastating hurricanes. While it could be months if not years to collect and analyze the data from these storms, we can agree that these massive storms feed off warm water. With water temperatures rising and coastal areas having a higher risk of severe flooding due to rising seas the damage from these powerful storms grows.
The damage caused by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma is estimated at $200 billion dollars. As of right now, the damage estimates from Hurricane Maria are not available but the devastation to the island of Puerto Rico is massive. Reports are that the entire island is without power and that the power grid will need to be rebuilt. It is also reported that over 70% of the buildings are either damaged or destroyed. While buildings can be rebuilt the lives lost in each of these disasters can never be replaced.
Sean Sublette a former broadcast meteorologist, suggests that fellow meteorologists owe it to the public to discuss how climate change can affect weather and its potential impact. This is a good way to bring the science of climate change into the mainstream consciousness.
No, we do not have all the answers. We cannot blame these storms solely on climate change and global warming. We can take a step back and look at what factors lead to the development of these huge and dangerous hurricanes and what steps we can take to prepare for increased sea levels and the possibility of these monster storms in the future.
Now is not the time to hide our heads in the sand and ignore the science that could help us understand how we can protect ourselves, our property and our future.
As your Congressman in Florida’s District 15, I can promise you that I will work tirelessly to address issues that affect the health of our environment, our infrastructure and our response to these disasters. I will not ignore these issues and take money from special interests that are more concerned with profit margins instead of protecting people’s lives and property.
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