Reps. Markey and Waxman Release New Report Detailing Climate Change’s Impact on Our Weather
WASHINGTON (September 25, 2012) – After record-breaking heat, destructive wildfires, droughts and storms punished communities across the United States this year, two House Democrats are asking Congress to recognize the steep cost of climate change’s steroidal effect on extreme weather. Reps. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.) today released a report that details the scientific links between climate change and extreme weather and called on their Congressional colleagues to commit to action to reduce the carbon pollution that is driving more intense and frequent extreme weather events.
“Crop-baking droughts, home-burning fires and apocalyptic storms will define 2012 as the year we finally saw what global warming really looks like,” said Rep. Markey, the Ranking Member of the Natural Resources Committee. “While the Republican-led House of Representatives refuses to take climate action, carbon pollution is mixing a deadly cocktail of heat and extreme weather that is costing lives and billions of dollars in damages. House Republicans left town without passing a farm bill while farmers continue to suffer, but they had time to pass yet another giveaway to fossil fuel polluters.”
“The evidence is overwhelming - climate change is occurring and it is occurring now,” said Rep. Waxman, the Ranking Member of the Energy and Commerce Committee. “In the last few months, the nation has been ravaged by record-breaking heat waves, drought, and wildfires. But the Republican response is to deny the science and block action. We don’t have any more time to waste.”
The new report, Going to Extremes: Climate Change and the Increasing Risk of Weather Disasters, can be found HERE.
The report looks at the impacts of 2012’s record breaking heat on agriculture, wildfires, storms, and water levels. The report finds the links between extreme weather and climate to be “abundant, robust and well documented in peer-reviewed scientific studies.”
Additional highlights from the report include:
The report was prepared by the Democratic staff of the Natural Resources and Energy and Commerce Committees.
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