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Examiner
  • Jerry Plantz: Polls show consensus on climate change

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  • More and more moderate Republicans, outside of Washington, D.C., are starting to believe what they see- climate change around the globe.
    Last month, former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson of the Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld administration publicly acknowledged in a New York Times op-ed that there is a genuine crisis on par with the one that threatened the global economy in 2008.
    Further, the heads of the Environmental Protection Agency for Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and Bush 41 and 43 now agree: Global warming is real, humans are causing it, and politicians must react and act.
    One of the first Republican leaders to foresee the dismal future was President H.W. George Bush, when he signed the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendment. Congress would compromise back then.
    Scientific America magazine cites “an assessment of 21 surveys encompassing almost 20,000 people in 46 states, which found ample agreement about global warming and what to do about it. In each state, a majority believe that temperatures are rising and that human actions are part of the cause – and this consensus holds for residents of states that voted strongly Republican in the 2012 presidential election (red). More than 60 percent of Americans in every state favor government-imposed limits on greenhouse gas emissions from businesses and power plants.”
    President Obama will not back down with his fight with Republicans in Congress, who continue to ignore the scientific world consensus on climate change. People generally “don’t just say, ‘No, I don’t believe anything scientists say” – except in Congress, Obama said, where “folks will tell you climate change is a hoax, a fad or a plot – it’s a liberal plot.”
    Meanwhile, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports that, “Earth set a new record for heat in May and is likely to keep on breaking high temperature marks. May’s average temperature on Earth of 59.93 degrees Fahrenheit (15.54 degrees Celsius) beat the old record set four years ago. In April, the globe tied the 2010 record for that month. Records go back to 1880. While the United States was not close to a record, just 1 degree warmer than the 20th century average. However, California is having a record hot first five months of the year, a full 5 degrees above normal.”
    Has the climate among Republican deniers changed? Not for the Koch brothers, but at least it is thawing.
    I give you President John Adams’ toast: Independence forever.
    Jerry Plantz lives in Lee’s Summit. His website is at www.Jerryplantz.com. Reach him at jerryplantz@msn.com.

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