The National Climate Assessment was released earlier this week--check out our previous post here--and many of our top allies in Congress recognized the urgent need to take action on climate change. Here is a list of some of their statements, Facebook posts, and tweets.
Senator Ed Markey: “Just as our best strategic analysts assess security risks to our country, the National Climate Assessment brings together our best scientists to understand the threats of climate change. We must act now to respond to the health, economic and environmental impacts and risks that climate change inflicts on our nation.”
Senator Tom Harkin: “It has never been more apparent that we need to slow climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and to develop and apply adaptation measures to cope with its effects.”
Senator Mark Udall: “Climate change threatens our special way of life in Colorado, our water and entire communities across the Centennial State. Colorado's persistent drought, successive mega-fires and destructive floods show why Congress needs to act ASAP to address this monumental challenge."
Senator Brian Schatz: “Climate change is happening. The new National Climate Assessment report is a harsh reality check for anyone who thinks we don’t need to act on climate change.”
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse: “The latest National Climate Assessment provides a grim outlook of what our future will look like if we fail to act. Those who continue to deny that climate change exists or claim that is it too costly to act should take a hard look at what this new assessment says about the future of their communities.”
Senator Dianne Feinstein: “The conclusions in this report echo those of other studies: climate change is real and the effects we see today will only accelerate if we don’t take action.”
Senator Barbara Boxer: “We must act in a comprehensive way to reduce carbon pollution for the sake of public health, our nation's economy, and the well-being of future generations."
Senator Dick Durbin: “In Congress, we spend a lot of time debating how our actions will affect future generations and the obligations we have to leave our children and grandchildren a better world. Nowhere is that more apparent than when it comes to the issue of climate change."
Senator Michael Bennet: “We take for granted our access to clean air and clean water, but those precious resources will dwindle if we continue to let politics stand in the way. It’s time for Congress to accept facts for facts and begin to work together on solutions to reduce carbon pollution and preserve our environment for our kids and grandkids.”
Senator Mark Begich: “Today’s report just confirms what Alaskans already know—Alaska is experiencing the impacts of climate change more than any other state.”
Senator Tom Carper: “Today’s thorough report commissioned by the Obama Administration provides more credence to what scientists across the nation have been saying for years: our climate is changing at a troublesome rate and we are the primary drivers of it.”
Senator Bob Casey: “The National Climate Assessment released by the White House today is a compelling reminder that climate change is already affecting much of the Nation, including Pennsylvania, and that it is imperative for us to develop sensible policies to stave off more dramatic consequences over the next century.”
Senator Angus King: “This report should be a wake-up call to Congress that there’s absolutely no time to waste. We need to take steps to address this crisis now before it’s too late.”
Senator Bob Menendez: “The release of the third National Climate Assessment confirms global warming is no longer a problem for just New Jersey’s future, but also a problem right now.”
Senator Bernie Sanders: “It is no longer acceptable for a majority in Congress to ignore the overwhelming scientific evidence. It is no longer acceptable that coal and oil companies spend millions of dollars to defeat efforts to protect the planet.”
Senator Ron Wyden: “The latest National Climate Assessment provides a grim outlook of what our future will look like if we fail to act. Those who continue to deny that climate change exists or claim that is it too costly to act should take a hard look at what this new assessment says about the future of their communities.”
Senator Chris Coons: “By breaking these impacts down by region and sector, this new assessment will help communities and businesses across the country identify precise threats, pinpoint vulnerabilities, and better plan for the challenges ahead."
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (CA-12): “There is no time left to deny the reality of climate change, or to turn a blind eye on the impact it is having on our country.”
Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition: "We appreciate President Obama's continued efforts to help protect our children's future and take important actions on climate change. The carbon pollution standards outlined in his Climate Action Plan will reduce emissions responsible for our changing climate. SEEC Members thank the President for his commitment to addressing climate change and look forward to working with him to enact meaningful solutions."
Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chairs Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-3) and Keith Ellison (MN-5): “The worst effects of global heating can be avoided only with swift action. Congress must create jobs by putting a price on carbon and investing in clean energy, modern transportation systems and a twenty-first century energy grid.”
Rep. Xavier Becerra (CA-34): "The world is not flat and climate change is real. As elected leaders, it’s our duty to respond to the threat of climate change in order to prevent further damage to our environment and communities.”
Rep. Betty McCollum (MN-4): “Today’s report highlights the need to not only act, but to act more quickly to mitigate the impact of our changing planet. This is the responsibility of not only government, but all of society.”
Rep. Chellie Pingree (ME -1): "Climate change is real, it is already happening, and this report lays out in detail how these changes could affect Maine."
Rep. Jan Schakowsky (IL-9): “The path is clear: increase energy efficiency, reduce emissions of the most harmful toxins, and embrace the clean energy technologies of the future like wind, geothermal, hydro, and solar power. Doing so will not only prevent environmental and economic catastrophe, it will improve our economy and grow jobs.”
Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-2): “The report underscores the urgent need to take immediate action to begin reversing the threats from climate change.”
Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR-4): “Today’s report on climate change should serve as a wake-up call, especially in the Northwest.”
Rep. Niki Tsongas (MA-3): “This report is an authoritative and comprehensive missive on how climate change is affecting America now, and what is to come. The main lesson learned is that this is a real issue, with real consequences and inaction is not an option.”
Rep. Sam Farr (CA-20): “The report painted a bleak picture for the future of two of the largest driving forces behind our local economy, our agriculture fields and the oceans.”
Rep. Chris Van Hollen (MD-8): “In Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay watershed, the report warns of health risks from more severe heat waves, economic ramifications of coastal flooding on the Port of Baltimore, and challenges for agriculture and fisheries from changing weather patterns.”
Rep. John Sarbanes (MD-3): “We cannot allow polluters and corporate special interests to dictate our energy policy and jeopardize the health of our environment. We must pursue constructive solutions that are rooted in science and make our country stronger and safer.”
Rep. Henry Waxman (CA-33): "The special interests led by the Koch brothers and the fossil fuel industry have blocked action in Congress. That’s why the President needs to use his administrative authority to cut the dangerous carbon pollution that is endangering the future of our children and grandchildren.”
Rep. Brad Schneider (IL-10): “The report underscores the already-urgent need to address climate change and its effects on our planet, our economy and our communities. Climate change is a real, pressing threat, and we must begin confronting and addressing the causes and implications now.”