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Climate consensus

The Clean Air Act of 1970 was written by a Congress that assumed the administration in power and appointed administrator would have the best interests of the public in mind and work to protect the environment. They did not anticipate an administration would instead work to promote selfish interests at the expense of our health, future and lives.

This administration recently dismantled the Clean Power Plan (CPP), replacing it with the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule keeping the coal industry on life support. The CPP was projected to save 1,400 American lives per year. The ACE rule is projected to take 3,400 American lives per year.

Wealthy individuals, families, industries and corporations now circumvent campaign finance rules as a result of the Supreme Courts’ decision in ‘Citizens United’. They use their wealth to hijack elected political leaders and to protect their interests that are often tied to the fossil fuel industry. As a result, all the work done by 13 different U.S. agencies to document and report on the reality of and future impact of climate change is being ignored.

The current administration does not support the overwhelming consensus by the world’s leading scientists that climate change is 1) real, 2) caused by us, and 3) already a problem. The National Academy of Sciences has stated this to be the case, as have the scientific academies of all the major industrial nations. Every scientific society in the United States to weigh in on the matter has done so as well.

Del Nord

Spokane Valley


 

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