"As greenhouse gas emissions increase, sea levels are rising, average global temperatures are increasing, and severe weather patterns are accelerating. These changes, coupled with other global dynamics, ...will devastate homes, land and infrastructure." - 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review, U.S. Department of Defense.
The United States and the Caribbean have experienced the terrible destruction caused by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. In India, Bangladesh and Nepal, exceptionally heavy monsoon rains killed more than 1,400 people and left millions homeless.
Certainly, our first response must be to help the huge number of people who are in need. However, these tragic events also demonstrate the powerful forces that our carbon dioxide emissions have set in motion, and why it's necessary for the United States to take a leadership role regarding climate action.
One policy that should be considered is a revenue-neutral carbon fee and dividend program, which would reduce emissions while protecting the poor and the economy. The National Academy of Sciences also advocates putting a national price on CO2 emissions as the most cost-effective way to address climate change.
Climate impacts are expected to increase substantially in the coming decades, and for the millions of people living in the most vulnerable communities, adaptation may not be possible. Although we can't stop earth's warming, rapid emissions reduction can limit how bad it will become. We have a moral obligation not to surrender the planet to climate change.
Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017
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Mr.Hansen, the title of your letter is A Moral Obligation. I think you have a moral obligation to tell the truth. The only truths I see in your letter is that greenhouse gas emissions are increasing (paragraph 1) and the statement in paragraph 2.
Sea levels are rising but only minimally at about 7 inches per century average global temperatures are not rising in fact they havent risen since 1998 even though massive amounts of CO2 has been added to the atmosphere. (There was a slight rise due to El Nino in 2015-16). No reliable information is available that we are headed for an apocalypse.
Carbon dioxide may cause some warming but not enough for alarmism.
We dont need a carbon tax we need more CO2 in the atmosphere to stimulate plant growth. We need alarmists like you to stop spreading propaganda and misinformation.
Think morality, not poppycock!
Posted: Tuesday, October 17, 2017
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I'd be more interested in the U.S. Dept. of Defense assessment on climate change if the USDD had some actual expertise on the subject rather than piggybacking on the alleged "scientific" work of the political hacks over at the EPA and the IPCC. Which, of course, is all the USDD has done. Maybe they should focus instead on solving the problems they've had winning wars against rag-tag, barbarian terrorist gangs running around in jerry-rigged pickup trucks in the Middle East and Afghanistan?
Gotta love the way the climate alarmists tell us that the lack of a major hurricane to hit our shores for a decade has nothing to do with climate change--until the instant we get a few hurricanes and then suddenly it's all about Climate Change! Can't win with these guys. They insist on having it both ways. Of course, every major study that's been done tells us that short term weather events have nothing to do with long term climate changes. No matter--the Sky is Falling and it's All Our Fault!
If Mr. Hanson is truly concerned about our "moral obligations to the planet," as every Climate Believer insists ad nauseum, perhaps he should consider the devastation to be unleashed on the poorest among us--especially in third world, developing countries--when the recipe for "solving" a phantom problem is the very real destruction of the world economy by eliminating our cheapest and most efficient sources of energy. Surely he must understand that it won't be the wealthiest nations who suffer first.