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Ben Cardin, Fellow Senators Vow Action on Climate Change

A group of Democratic senators is organizing to "wake up Congress" to the dangers of climate change, in particular how it can harm the Chesapeake Bay area.

Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland Credit: Cardin's Senate website
Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland Credit: Cardin's Senate website
By JUSTINE MCDANIEL
Capital News Service

Progress on climate change can be made in this Congress and workable solutions for reducing greenhouse gases and other factors in global warming exist, Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin said Tuesday at a press conference for the newly formed Senate Climate Action Task Force.

Led by Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., the Democratic senators, plus one independent, vowed to “wake up Congress” to the dangers of climate change through speeches, press conferences and legislative action in the coming weeks.

“Water level rises are increasing. Representing a coastal state like Maryland, we see that. We see the impact of that,” Cardin said.

Over the last 100 years, the Chesapeake Bay has risen more than a foot, and it could rise up to 5 feet more by the end of the next century.

If the Bay’s levels rise another 5 feet, approximately 3,700 miles of state and county roads will be under water, according to a 2013 Capital News Service analysis.

While thanking the Obama administration for progress made over the last five years, Cardin said the task force will encourage the administration to take more action. It also seeks to “block the negative activities that come particularly from the House of Representatives,” he said.

A number of Republicans in the House and Senate do not support the effort to combat climate change.

Last week, in a speech on the Senate floor, Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., cited record-breaking cold weather and snowstorms that coincided with global warming-related speeches and events over the past 10 years as evidence against climate change.

“While there’s been a concerted effort of people to believe that global warming is taking place, that we’re all going to die and all of that, at the same time the evidence out there is... almost laughable,” he said.

Cardin was joined by Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and others who also talked about the effect of global warming in their home states.

“Congress may not know what’s going on, but the Maine lobsters know what’s going on, because they’re moving north,” King said. “The Maine lobstermen are about as conservative a bunch of people as you can find on this planet, but they know something’s changing out there. They’re finding seahorses in their lobster traps.”

Many senators offered both anecdotal and scientific evidence, saying that those opposed to climate change deny science. They spoke of the need to protect the planet for future generations and address the problems that are already arising as a result of global warming.

“We’re going to fight lies with truth, and we now have the Climate Action Task Force; we are going to be actively engaged to bring these issues to the attention of the American people and our colleagues,” Cardin said.
M. Sullivan January 15, 2014 at 03:30 PM
In the 70's there was much screaming about Global Cooling and predictions of a coming Ice Age. Then it was Global Warming. Now it's Climate Change. The Earth continues to change as a result of forces inherent in the aging of a planet as well as cosmic influences. Man's influence on these processes is negligible. Yet, lots of money gets spent, and some people (Gore) get rich from the idea that we can somehow affect this natural climate change. Idiocy.
Ruth A January 17, 2014 at 07:25 AM
It is idiotic to think we can inject tons of greenhouse warming gases since the start of the industrial age, burning massive amounts of coal, oil and gas producing CO2 and methane (also known as natural or more recently "fracked" gas) into the atmosphere and not have an impact on the climate. The data shows the marked upward trend since humans started massive burning of coal with industrialization. The good news it that we can produce all the energy we need with clean energy sources nature and God give us - sun, wind and wave power. Stanford researcher Mark Z. Jacobson has shown we can provide 100% new energy with these renewable sources by 2030 and replace existing diry energy by 2050. www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0301421510008645 However billionaires making their fortune from dirty energy are trying to extend the fossil fuel era so their bank accounts can continue to grow. Letting this happen will be suicidal for most or all of human race in coming years as we fall off the dangerous climate chaos acceleration cliff and lose access to food and water. If we care about our children and grandson we must act now to preserve their future!
Amanda Briar January 17, 2014 at 08:00 AM
M Sullivan, are you freakin kidding me? Al Gore got rich off of making up climate change? The ones who are getting rich are the industrialists who want to continue to pollute unchecked. The only reason you don't believe climate change scientists is because the solution to climate change is increased regulation, which you don't like. If the solution to climate change were tax breaks for the wealthy and denial of gay marriage, Republicans would be all about doing something about climate change.
M. Sullivan January 17, 2014 at 11:31 AM
Amanda, Gore's income has gone up exponentially since he released his movie "An Inconvenient Truth" . He gets as much as $175,000 per speech. His total assets when leaving office were less than $2 Million. Now, he is worth over $300 Million (more than Romney). He has been investing piles of venture capital in Green businesses which end up getting huge Government grants of our tax dollars. Not that there is anything wrong with trying to make a buck; I'm just saying that the "polluting industrialists" aren't the only ones making money in this debate. And for both Ruth and Amanda: I am against pollution as much as the next guy. I just think that man's contribution to any kind of climate change is miniscule compared to the tremendous global and cosmic forces that affect our planet. The Earth is about 4 Billion years old and has undergone many periods of extreme warming and cooling. Looking at changing climate conditions over the last 200 years is like comparing the noise of a firecracker to that of the nuclear bomb exploding next to it. Knee-jerk reactions almost always have unintended consequences. For example, let's look at electric cars. If everyone suddenly dumped their old cars and bought electrics, the power grid would need to be completely rebuilt to charge them, from your house power through all distribution wiring through transformers and generators. Copper mining (along with its environmental problems) would need to increase 10 fold to supply the wiring. Generating capacity would need to increase many multiples. "Green" energy is not that efficient so, more power plants would need to be built. The solutions to pollution are not as cut and dried as you would be led to believe.
JaySmith January 25, 2014 at 12:14 AM
Man-made global warming is just not happening. Cardin, Mikulski and the rest of the dem liberals who believe it is, owe it to us to let us know how much the temperature has increased over the last 10-15 years (none) and if there's ANY....to PROVE it's due to CO2, and if it IS, then prove that we can make a difference if China and India refuse to go along with the scheme, and if they DO, then to prove it's worth it to wreck our economy because it MIGHT be good to warm up a little bit. But of course, they haven't thought this out....Cardin, Mikulski and libs like Ruth, above. And they probably haven't made a statement themselves by refusing to drive cars or get in airplanes. So, really they haven't thought about the steps in the logical process, and they haven't become "hypocrisy-free". What HAVE they done? Nothing. Haven't thought, and haven't done. Typical Democrats
Buck Harmon January 25, 2014 at 09:09 AM
Luckily, the world has it's own way of maintaining it's own balance...we are mere ants that scratch the surface of this planet, scrambling about in search of what exactly? A couple of big waves, a few massive storms have the ability to shut down the fragile grid system that our greed driven society has become completely dependant on and there is not a damn thing that human beings can do to prevent or stop it. We deserve whatever wrath that nature deals our way...we are after all just human beings living on borrowed time in a very small portion of the history of this planet.
JaySmith January 25, 2014 at 09:19 AM
Buck: GR8 Points !! Well, except that we 'deserve' nature's wrath. Weather catastrophes like hurricanes, tornadoes, volcanic eruptions happen by chance and with no malice towards the victims. Pompei/Vesuvius didn't bury the town because they were greedy. But you know that, I'm just sayin
JaySmith January 25, 2014 at 09:30 AM
Ruth/Amanda: Noooooo.....the reason we don't believe in AGW is because 1) temps haven't risen in 15 years, and 2) Climate-Gate of Nov '09, showed beyond a shadow of a doubt that the world's foremost repository of climate data, at the CRU at East Anglia University in England......was filled with liars and deceivers (chief Jones, and Ruffa and dzns of others), even some who were part of it but taught at Penn State like Michael Mann who made his 'hockey stick' graph famous in December of '05 -- all with faulty science -- Climate-Gate, you prob don't know this so I'll explain it -- was the release of 10s of thousands of their emails for 10 years -- by someone who'd gotten SICK of the deception. They never found out who did it ! But the "releaser" exposed the fake/false results. So......Ruth/Amanda.....how much do you know about Climate-Gate? Probably not much b/c the NYT and WaPo and ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN didn't cover it. But the media in England, and our FoxNews, DID cover it. And you can read the entire story on the header-click at wattsupwiththat.com, but of course you won't b/c you'd rather just believe the myths of AGW -- do you know what AGW stands for? Well maybe it's time to start researching. Check out Jones, Mann, Ruffa emails and see the doctoring of data, the importance they put on 'hiding the decline'......and "Mike's nature trick"......etc, etc. Michael Mann should've been fired from Penn State. Do you know what 'science' went into the development of Mike's "hockey stick" graph. None......it's more like "pseudo-science", that means fake science. Now go start reading on wattsupwiththat.com, or..........don't, and just keep believing in AGW
JaySmith January 25, 2014 at 09:55 AM
Cardin/Mikulski/Boxer/Ruth/Amanda: In wattsupwiththat.com under 'Climate-Gate' header/tab, this is easily found to show what the emails exposed. By the way, Michael Mann of Penn State made his 'hockey-stick' graph famous (printed on page 1 of WaPo no less, on 12/4/55) BY USING tree-rings to compute temps back 1000 years. It's a ridiculously UNPRECISE way of measuring land temps....but what the hell......the media believed it ! So look at his photo holding a tree-trunk! This is great: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2009/11/28/understanding-climategate-whos-who-a-video/

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