Senators urge action on climate change
EASTON — Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, both D-Md., have joined a resolution outlining key findings of the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report and the November National Climate Assessment, a news releases states.
The resolution affirms the signing members’ recognition and acceptance of these findings, and calls for bold action to combat climate change. The senators were joined by 23 of their Senate colleagues on the resolution.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report found that the Northeast region of the United States, which includes Maryland, will see the largest temperature increase in the country — warming will occur here as much as two decades before global average temperatures reach a similar milestone.
The report finds the Chesapeake Bay will experience stronger and more frequent storms, an increase in precipitation events, an increase in Bay water temperatures and a rise in sea level.
“The Trump Administration wants to bury this new report because it doesn’t align with the president’s completely unhinged claim that climate change is a ‘hoax,’” Cardin said. “Unfortunately for them, ignoring facts never succeeds in making them any less true. The consequences of our inaction on climate change can be found everywhere, from the record-breaking wildfires in California to the repeated, historic flooding in Ellicott City.
“This report highlights how these and other climate consequences will have an increasingly catastrophic effect on our economy — unless we act now.”
On Oct. 8, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report outlining the consequences of rising global temperatures and the ways that climate chaos will become substantially worse as the planet continues to experience preindustrial levels of warming.
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The report concludes unless the current path of climate change is slowed, massive impacts, such as limited water supply availability, sea-ice free Arctic summers, mass die-offs of coral reefs, and intense and unprecedented heat waves, will become reality as soon as 2040.
“The Trump Administration’s most recent report confirms the drastic costs of climate change, many of which we’re seeing already in lives lost and property destroyed,” Van Hollen said. “But as these costs mount and we continue our calls for action, the president does everything he can to deny and conceal the facts.
“Congress must fight back. I will continue working at the federal level to move forward on policies that address climate change, including my proposal to create a carbon cap and dividend program that would reduce carbon and put money back in the pocket of ever y single American. It’s past time that we take meaningful action on climate change.”
On Nov. 23, the Trump Administration released the National Climate Assessment, a congressionally mandated report from American climate experts throughout the federal government.
Despite what many see as the Trump Administration’s attempts to bury the report on Black Friday, the report has gained widespread attention for its alarming findings, which include evidence the United States already is feeling the effects of climate change and conclusions that the nation will suffer thousands of deaths and over $500 billion per year in crop damage, lost labor and extreme weather damages by 2100.
SEN. BEN CARDIN
SEN. CHRIS VAN HOLLEN