John McCain is a Senator from Arizona and the 2008 Republican presidential nominee. Throughout McCain’s campaign he assured Americans that he believed in man-made global warming and he would to something about it if elected. Even before he was a candidate he took action on global warming. Along with Joe Lieberman he introduced the first piece of climate change legislation in the Senate, the Climate Stewardship Act in 2003. It was re-introduced in 2005 and 2007. He also co-authored an op-ed with Joe Lieberman in the Boston Globe about global warming, from which several of the quotes are below.
- “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 Lieberman
- “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 Lieberman
- “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 Lieberman
- “Our nation has both an obligation and self-interest in facing head-on the serious environmental, economic and national security threat posed by global warming.”
- “On a trip to Alaska, I heard about a national park visitor’s center that was built to offer a picture-perfect view of a large glacier. Problem is, the glacier is gone. A work of nature that took ages to form had melted away in a matter of decades.“Instead of idly debating the precise extent of global warming, or the precise timeline of global warming, we need to deal with the central facts of rising temperatures, rising waters, and all the endless troubles that global warming will bring.
“In the years ahead, we are likely to see reduced water supplies, more forest fires than in previous decades, changes in crop production, more heat waves afflicting our cities and a greater intensity in storms.
“To lead in this effort, however, our government must strike at the source of the problem — with reforms that only Congress can enact and the president can sign. We know that greenhouse gasses are heavily implicated as a cause of climate change. And we know that among all greenhouse gasses, the worst by far is the carbon-dioxide that results from fossil-fuel combustion.
“Enormous good came from that industrial growth, and we are all the beneficiaries of the national prosperity it built. But there were costs we weren’t counting, and often hardly noticed. And these terrible costs have added up now, in the atmosphere, in the oceans, and all across the natural world.” Source
- Co-sponsor of S. 280:Climate Stewardship and Innovation Act of 2007
- Sponsor of S. 342:Climate Stewardship Act of 2005
- Co-sponsor of S. 139:Climate Stewardship Act of 2003