As I’ve mentioned in previous articles, too many people in this day and age associate the belief in climate change with political standing. In other words, if you believe in climate change, you’re likely a liberal. If you don’t, you’re probably a conservative.
Here’s the deal…
The scientific facts behind climate change should be taken in and of itself. Leave politics out of it.
Bringing politics into the climate change discussion only muddies the waters- and that makes finding workable solutions much harder, if not impossible. If you can ignore all the politically generated climate hogwash out there, you’ll find the science of climate change is actually pretty cut and dry.
But for those of you who insist on denying climate change science due to your political affiliation, this article is for you…
Here’s a short (and admittedly incomplete) list of people and organizations that accept the science of climate change. If you’re a climate denier, you might find it surprising…
- The Pope: Yes, Pope Francis, leader of the Catholic faith, believes in anthropogenic climate change. He’s quoted as saying “A very solid scientific consensus indicates that we are presently witnessing a disturbing warming of the climatic system.”
- President Ronald Reagan: Back in the good ole days when Republicans respected science, the Gipper said “Global climate change is becoming a critical concern.” (January 9, 1989)
- President George W. Bush: As much as I didn’t like some of the things Bush did in office, he did say this: “Our understanding of climate change has come a long way. Global temperatures are rising. And it’s caused largely by human activity.”
- President George H. W. Bush: The senior Bush said, “We cannot allow a question like climate change to be characterized as a debate. To say this issue has sides is about as productive as saying the world is flat.” By golly, I agree George!
- The EPA, NASA, and NOAA: I can hear you saying “DUH” on this one. All three of these US government organizations have reams of scientific data that points directly to human caused global warming. But here’s what you may not know- ALL of the these organizations were formed decades ago at the hands of Republican lawmakers. So tell me, why have many of today’s science denying Republicans turned their back on the organizations their party started? (More on this puzzling trend in a future article.)
- High ranking members of the US Military: Washington DC based think tank, Center For Climate And Security, came to this conclusion: “There are few easy answers, but one thing is clear: the current trajectory of climatic change presents a strategically-significant risk to US national security, and inaction is not a viable option.” The organization’s stunning report was signed by over a dozen former military and national security officials, including retired US Army Brigadier General John Adams, and retired Admiral Samuel Locklear, former head of the Pacific Command.
- US Department of Defense: A 2015 DoD report says climate change is a clear US national security risk because it “degrades living conditions, human security, and the ability of governments to meet the basic needs of their populations.”
- The Mining Association Of Canada: This organization, whose members include some of the largest mining companies in the world, has this policy: “Climate change is a global issue that requires a global solution. The Mining Association of Canada and its members offer the following principles for consideration: 1) Establish a broad-based carbon price. 2) Apply any climate change policy-related revenues to manage the transition toward a lower carbon future…”
- The Rockefeller Foundation and Rockefeller Family Fund: As you may know, over 100 years ago John D. Rockefeller Sr. made a fortune running Standard Oil, which was the precursor to Exxon Mobil. Despite their enormous oil backed fortune the Rockefeller Foundation and Family Fund have reportedly pulled all of their money out of Exxon Mobil as well as all coal and Canadian oil sands investments.
To be clear, the climate change accepting names and organizations above are just the ones a denier might find surprising. There are obviously many thousands of organizations and influential people who accept the harsh reality of climate change.
What’s the takeaway from all this?
Anyone who is brave enough to push aside their political affiliation (and resulting bias), and look at the hard science of climate change will come to the same conclusion- anthropogenic climate change is real, it’s all around us, and we must do something about it if future generations are to live a peaceful and prosperous life.
To a clean energy future,