The U.S. is the only country in the world that hasn’t signed the Paris agreement, which lays the framework for each country to plan and regularly report its own contribution to mitigate global warming.
In every other country, climate change is a reality, not a partisan issue up for debate — even for conservatives.
Hard to believe?
“If I denied climate change, my constituents would laugh at me,” said Josef Göppel, a parliamentarian from Germany.
Meanwhile in America, supported by Trump’s categorically false opinions, more and more Republicans continue to believe that they know more about climate science than the scientists who study this topic every single day.
According to a recent poll from Gallup, 65 percent of Republicans refuted man-made climate change, a number that has increased 5 percent under Trump’s presidency.
Politicians right here in Georgia are denying the reality of this critical issue despite the mountains of evidence easily available to them.
Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA-01) said, “Certainly we have to pay attention to [climate change]. There’s no doubt about that. But I do have reservations about how real it is.”
Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, who’s running for governor this year, doesn’t seem to be able to acknowledge the reality of climate change either.
“While scientist(s) will argue over this issue, it does appear that the earth goes through warming and cooling cycles,” Cagle said in a statement provided through a spokesman. “I will leave it to scientific experts to determine what the causes of those changes are…”
It’s a myth that there’s uncertainty in the scientific community on “the cause of those changes.” Ninety-seven percent of experts agree that climate change is real and caused by human activities.
Nice try, Cagle.
Cagle has also received thousands of dollars in donations from Georgia Power and its parent company, Southern Company, the corporation for the unmitigated Plant Vogtle disaster, which costs Ga. ratepayers billions of dollars in overruns.
While the energy monopoly makes us pay for their mistakes, they’re giving themselves millions of dollars in bonuses. Of course, this corporation doesn’t want to see tightened pollution regulations, so it’s no wonder they’re supporting a climate-denier like Cagle.
We need to push anti-science climate change-deniers like Cagle and the thousands of Republicans following Trump’s lead out of office.
The U.S. and the world cannot afford for our politicians to continue to live in their delusional echo chamber where climate change is still up for debate.
Speak out by casting your vote in the primary election on May 22 and in the general election this November.
To register to vote online, go to the Voter Registration of the Secretary of State website. Or to register in person, go to the DMV near you.