Trump official admits climate change is real and calls for action to reduce carbon emissions
An energy official appointed by President Donald Trump is now on record admitting that climate change is real and that we need to do something about it immediately, thus joining the majority of the scientific community.
Trump appointed Neil Chatterjee as the chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in 2017, but while Trump is a card-carrying climate change denier, Chatterjee took the opposite position this week during a conference in New York.
“I believe climate change is real,” he announced. “I believe man has an impact. And I believe that we need to take steps to mitigate emissions urgently.”
His statement stands in stark contrast with his boss, who emphatically claims climate change is “fake science.”
But it’s not “fake science” at all. In fact, the consensus among scientists around the globe is clear.
According to NASA:
Multiple studies published in peer-reviewed scientific journals show that 97 percent or more of actively publishing climate scientists agree*: Climate-warming trends over the past century are extremely likely due to human activities. In addition, most of the leading scientific organizations worldwide have issued public statements endorsing this position.
In fact, Chatterjee is pleased that the public sector is beginning to take steps to address climate change.
“We’ve been encouraged and excited to see the increased deployment of renewables,” he said.
He sympathizes with coal miners who will someday be out of a job in an increasingly disappearing industry, but clean energy sources is the energy of the future and it’s more economical.
Texas Tech climate scientist Katherine Hayhoe agrees with the scientific consensus.
“There is nothing fake about the climate crisis we face today,” she said. “The science behind climate change has been understood since the 1850s. We cannot afford to have politically motivated people spin the issue any longer.”
Indeed, that’s why a majority of Americans support the Green New Deal, across the political spectrum.
The longer we wait to implement climate change policies, the worse the effects will be whether it’s more severe floods or more powerful hurricanes or longer droughts or bigger wildfires.
The bottom line is we have to do something now. Let’s just hope that Chatterjee makes it his mission to persuade Trump to take action.
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