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Huffman Calls for Action on Climate Change

"Instead of looking at December snowflakes we should be looking at the science," Congressman says to climate change deniers on Capitol Hill.

Congressman Jared Huffman, who represents the North Bay in Washington, D.C., recently shot back at conservative pundits who have pointed to cold temperatures as evidence that global warming is not happening.

In a speech to the House of Representatives Tuesday, Congressman Huffman called these remarks “unscientific and reductive” and instead urged representatives to take immediate steps to adopt new policies that take into account the changing climate.

“Winter happens every year,” Huffman said. “...Instead of looking at December snowflakes we should be looking at the science. Since 1970, not that long ago, winter temperatures have increased an average of 0.55 degrees per decade, reducing snowpacks and creating water shortages across the country.

“If you want to look at something immediate, look at California, where we are experiencing the driest year on record…Our water supply, our food supply, and our future will all be impacted by climate change, so let’s lead.”

Watch the video of the full speech here

According to the Center for American Progress, nearly 60 percent of Congressional Republicans deny that climate change is happening or that it’s caused by increased greenhouse gas emissions.

Seventeen out of 22 Republican members of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, or 77 percent, deny that climate change is happening, according to the site, as do 22 out of 30 Republican members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

At the same time, many Congress members have received hefty donations from the fossil fuel industry, collecting more than $54 million, according to Think Progress.
M. Calwald December 12, 2013 at 11:01 AM
Although I agree with Mr. Huffman about climate change, he continues to be two-faced. On the one hand he claims to want to help the environment, and on the other hand he wants to build high-density housing which creates cold sinks and heat islands. We could all have more respect for Mr. Huffman if he stopped complaining about the Republicans and actually got something done.

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