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Five Responses to Climate Change Deniers

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Have you ever found yourself in a conversation with someone who denies climate change? Here are five responses to climate change deniers:

1) The science is undeniable. Scientists have concluded that the Earth's temperature has been steadily climbing since the late 19th century, just when humans started emitting large amounts of carbon pollution into the atmosphere. And it's intensifying. 18 of the 19 warmest years on record have occurred since 2001.

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And, no. Just because it snows doesn't mean climate change isn't occurring.

You can see the consequences of extreme weather all around us. Wildfires. hurricanes. droughts.

2) Tackling climate change is good for the economy. Clean energy creates more jobs than natural gas or coal, with three times as many Americans already employed in clean energy as in fossil fuels. These jobs also tend to pay more. States like California that have invested heavily in clean energy have grown their economies, while reducing carbon pollution.

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3) Other countries are charging ahead with clean energy, leaving America in the coal dust. Germany plans to close its remaining coal plants by 2038. China is moving ahead with clean energy and has pledged to invest hundreds of billions more, far outpacing the United States. Even Saudi Arabia is now investing in renewable energy.

4) We can't afford not to address climate change. The devastation brought on by climate change will cause the U.S. economy to shrink, according to scientific estimates. The losses are projected to be more than double those of the Great Recession.

5) Oil companies have known for decades that carbon pollution threatens the planet, but have sought to block action addressing the crisis. They have poured billions into political donations and misinformation campaigns to protect their profits and block clean air laws.

At this point, anyone who denies climate change is either willfully ignorant or complicit in protecting fossil fuel profits over the safety and security of our children and grandchildren.

 

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Robert Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor and Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley, has a new film, "Inequality for All," to be released September 27. He blogs at www.robertreich.org.

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99.99% of species that evolved on earth went extinct. These extinctions were caused by natural occurances such as ice ages, meteorites etc. Humans have the intelligence and technology to prevent human extinction but it appears that humans do not have the wisdom to act to prevent it. If anything humans are rushing headlong to bring extinction about. Even if we were to prevent the current extinction crisis (climate change) from wiping us out, another unseen crisis is waiting in the wings. We, humans could assure our survival, as a species, into the unforeseen future, but to do so we would have to devote a significant proportion of our technology and resources to doing so, and stop wasting them on stupid, useless pursuits like War and war pursuits. Sadly the probability appears like we will join the 99.99% gone baby gone's that preceeded us, and are just as oblivious to reality as they were.

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