Carbon Dioxide Surges At A Record Pace
The science on climate change is clear: Global warming is taking place, and is largely due to human activities, including the emission of carbon dioxide from industry and transportation.
For people who believe that facts matter, there was some very bad news yesterday. Not only is the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere higher than it has been at any other time in human history, but last year, the rate of CO2 increase surged ahead to the fastest pace ever recorded. So, not only is the
We see the consequences all around us. It’s still wintertime, but in the northern United States, people have been experiencing summertime temperatures this week. Earlier this week, Central Park in New York City was filled with people wearing shorts. Flowers that normally come out at the end of April are emerging in mid-March. In the Arctic, the extent of sea ice has been at record lows for the time of year for two months straight.
Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio seems not to be among those who believe that facts matter. Last night at the Republican debate, he was asked if he would accept the scientific consensus that climate change is real and is due to human activity. Rubio scoffed at the question, declaring that, “The climate has always been changing! There’s never been a time when the climate has not changed. I think the fundamental question for a policy maker is, is the climate changing because of something we are doing and if so, is there a law you can pass to fix it?… We do need to deal with that through mitigation, and I have long supported mitigation efforts, but as far as a law that we can pass in Washington to change the weather, there’s no such thing.”
Mitigation means just dealing with the consequences of climate change. It means just taking the blows of the massive damage that it causes to the economy and to human lives. It means that Miami, Florida will just have to build sea walls higher and higher, and farmers will just have to find ways to deal with heat and drought that withers their crops.
Marco Rubio won’t acknowledge the mountain of scientific evidence that unusual climate change is taking place and that human activities are responsible for it. He doesn’t want our government to take any action, except to just spend a lot of money to deal with the damage as climate change continues to accelerate. He says there’s nothing that the U.S. federal government can do about it.
Marco Rubio is wrong. We need carbon dioxide emissions to be dramatically reduced, and instead, they are dramatically increasing. There’s a great deal that the government can do about that… but Marco Rubio’s donors in the fossil fuels industry won’t like it.