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Lieberman lectures about global warming

Lieberman lectures about global warming

Summary

Joe Lieberman is an Independent Senator from Connecticut. As his own website states, “Senator Lieberman is widely recognized as a leading Congressional champion of legislation to curb global warming.” Source Along with Sen. McCain he introduced the first piece of climate change legislation in the Senate, the Climate Stewardship Act in 2003, again in 2005, and again in 2007. Fortunately none passed. He co-wrote an op-ed with John McCain in the Boston Globe about global warming, from which several of the quotes are below.


Quotes

  • There is now a broad consensus in this country, and indeed in the world, that global warming is happening, that it is a serious problem, and that humans are causing it. The recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded there is a greater than 90 percent chance that greenhouse gases released by human activities like burning oil in cars and coal in power plants are causing most of the observed global warming. This report puts the final nail in denial’s coffin about the problem of global warming.” – Boston Globe op-ed with McCain
  • Indeed, if we fail to start substantially reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the next couple of years, we risk bequeathing a diminished world to our grandchildren. Insect-borne diseases such as malaria will spike as tropical ecosystems expand; hotter air will exacerbate the pollution that sends children to the hospital with asthma attacks; food insecurity from shifting agricultural zones will spark border wars; and storms and coastal flooding from sea-level rise will cause mortality and dislocation.” – Boston Globe op-ed with McCain
  • The debate has ended over whether global warming is a problem caused by human activity. Consequently, we can and must act now to solve the problem, or else we will bequeath a dangerous and diminished world to our children and grandchildren.” – Boston Globe op-ed with McCain
  • “Global warming is not a conqueror to kneel before – but a challenge to rise to. A challenge we must rise to.”
  • “Today, we can see with our own eyes what global warming is doing. In that context it becomes truly irresponsible, if not immoral, for us not to do something.

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