A new climate change report was released by the White House on Tuesday. The National Climate Assessment, which is prepared every four or so years by the US Global Change Research Program, states that not only is climate change is an economic and environmental threat in the not-so-distant future, but that the Unites States is already in the midst of dealing with its effects right now. While the report itself didn’t offer any broad policy recommendations, it did present the impact that global warming is having on the country now and what the future holds if we stay on the same path when it comes to carbon emissions and other man-made factors.
Below is the assessment’s overview, which pretty much tells the whole picture:
Climate change is already affecting the American people in far-reaching ways. Certain types of extreme weather events with links to climate change have become more frequent and/or intense, including prolonged periods of heat, heavy downpours, and, in some regions, floods and droughts. In addition, warming is causing sea level to rise and glaciers and Arctic sea ice to melt, and oceans are becoming more acidic as they absorb carbon dioxide. These and other aspects of climate change are disrupting people’s lives and damaging some sectors of our economy.
The White House released a statement on Tuesday in regards to this report. It is apparent that President Obama wants to make awareness of climate change, and combating the rapid growth in global temperatures, a priority.
“The findings in this National Climate Assessment underscore the need for urgent action to combat the threats from climate change, protect American citizens and communities today, and build a sustainable future for our kids and grandkids.”
In a conference call discussing the report, White House counselor John Podesta stated that he hoped that Republicans would look at this report change their minds on the existence of climate change and that it is indeed caused by man. Besides acknowledging its existence, the hope is that Republicans realize the long-term impact that rapid and extreme climate change has on the nation’s, and worlds, economy and will be proactive in working with Democrats and world leaders on solutions and policy changes.
Right now, though, conservatives can’t be bothered to think about anything that might actually affect the lives of every living person on the planet when they have bigger fish to fry right now. Despite the fact that over 300 experts worked on a report that shows that the United States, and the planet as a whole, is in a crisis state right now due to the real-time impact of climate change, Republican leaders had only one thing on their mind on Tuesday.
The public has a right to know what else the White House is hiding on #Benghazi.
— Eric Cantor (@GOPLeader) May 6, 2014
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 6, 2014
— Speaker John Boehner (@SpeakerBoehner) May 6, 2014
Not one of these figures could even spend 140 characters sharing an opinion on this extremely vital report that was released on Tuesday. Nope, Tuesday was like any other day in the past week for them…all Benghazi, all the time. Thankfully, they have a willing media partner in Fox News to help push the only topic they’ve deemed fit to discuss. On Monday, Fox News anchor Jon Scott dismissed Podesta as an ‘understudy’ of White House Spokesman Jay Carney and pulled away from live coverage of the White House’s press briefing where Podesta was discussing energy policy, stating that they’d only go back if there was any mention of Benghazi.
Also on Monday, The Five’s Dana Perino talked about an event scheduled for Tuesday where the President would be meeting with meteorologists from across the country to discuss this report. Perino actually stated that she wanted at least one meteorologist to hammer the President with questions on Benghazi, because that is what’s most important now.
“Tomorrow, President Obama is going to do interviews with meteorologists all across the country about a new climate change report. … I hope they ask him about Benghazi. Like the weatherman from Montana should ask him about Benghazi, that would be great. I dare you.”
Yeah, I don’t think conservatives are going to take climate change seriously for a while, if ever.
Justin Baragona is the Managing Editor at Politicus Sports as well as Senior Editor at PoliticusUSA. He was a political writer for 411Mania.com before joining PoliticusUSA. Politically, Justin considers himself a liberal but also a realist and pragmatist. Currently, Justin lives in St. Louis, MO and is married. Besides writing, he also runs his own business after spending a number of years in the corporate world. You can follow Justin on Twitter either with his personal handle (@justinbaragona) or the Sports site’s (@PoliticusSports).