• A climate change denier admits that it's time to act on climate

    I emailed my member of Congress, and I was thrilled to receive this response.

    Climate change is a tough issue, but it’s one we need to tackle. I am in it for my kids and their future because we see that climate change is happening now. That's why I'm a volunteer with Organizing for Action. For the past year, OFA-Ohio has been organizing across the state, making sure our members of Congress know that man-made climate change is real, it’s dangerous, and we need to act now to protect our homes and our communities.

    Unfortunately, too many in Congress refuse to acknowledge the basic science of climate change, despite the fact that 97% of climate scientists agree that climate change is real and man-made. Until our lawmakers admit that there's a problem, they can't even begin to try and solve it.

    On April 1st, our chapter participated in a national climate change Day of Action. Along with dozens of other chapters across the country, we delivered the latest climate impacts report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Just weeks later, the President's administration released the National Climate Assessment, the most detailed document to date on the impacts of climate change in every region of the US today. These reports, based on the work of thousands of scientists around the world, clearly show that the impacts of climate change are already widespread and will get much worse if we don't take action now.

    As we prepared for our event, I emailed my member of Congress, Representative Pat Tiberi, to ask him about his position on climate change. Previously, he's said that he doesn't think there is a consensus among scientists about whether climate change is happening. He still hasn't acknowledged the scientific agreement that exists or the risks that we take by ignoring that science, but I was still pretty happy when he responded, saying, "I would like to see us address climate change." Here's the response I got from him:

    Dear Ms. Jackson,

    Thank you for your correspondence on climate change. I appreciate this opportunity to correspond with you. It is vitally important that an honest discussion on the future of our environment takes place, and I'm so glad that you've taken this opportunity to engage in that discussion.

    A global problem requires a global solution. An effective solution requires that all countries agree to participate together. I would like to see us address climate change in a balanced manner, on as broad of front as possible.

    In the past I have voted for conservation measures such as increasing automobile fuel efficiency standards. Additionally, I have advocated for incentives for the development of American-produced "green" energies such as important tax incentives for the development of wind and solar power.

    Like you, I am concerned about the state of our environment. I do believe that every little effort does help, and I commend you for doing your part.

    Thank you again for sharing your thoughts with me on this issue. Please contact my office if I may be of assistance in the future.

    Sincerely,

    Patrick J. Tiberi
    Representative to Congress

    That’s a start. I’m not going to stop working to fight climate change, and I know my fellow organizers and our partners here in Ohio aren’t either. I look forward to working with Representative Tiberi to get serious about tackling climate change.

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