A Changing Climate. America’s Growing Response to Global Warming. Peter Rimbos South King County Group. The Sierra Club Explore, Enjoy and Protect the Planet. Founded in 1892, the Sierra Club is America’s Oldest Grassroots Environmental Organization.
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America’s Growing Response to Global Warming
South King County Group
The Vast Majority of Greenhouses Gases Come From Burning Fossil Fuels like Oil, Coal, and Natural Gas
thousand metric tons of carbon
China (mainland)The United States is the World’s Largest Polluter
US Sources of greenhouse gas emissions in 2001.
Source: US Dept. of Transportation 2004
Increasing Fuel Economy
Investing in Renewable Energy
Boosting Energy Efficiency
American Association for the Advancement of Science Statement on Climate Change
Approved by the AAAS Board of Directors---9 December 2006
“The scientific evidence is clear: global climate change caused by human activities is occurring now, and it is a growing threat to society.”
“Delaying action to address climate change will increase the environmental and societal consequences as well as the costs.”
“It is time to muster the political will for concerted action. Stronger leadership at all levels is needed. The time is now. We must rise to the challenge. We owe this to future generations.”
Global Warming Impacts Statement on Climate Change
Sea Level Rise
In the Absence of Federal Action on Global Warming, State and Local Governments are Taking Action on Global Warming:
Clean Cars Across the US on Foreign Oil
Eleven States Nationwide Follow California Standards
CA – WA – OR – ME – VT – MA - CT – RI – NY – NJ – PA
Accounting for 34% of All New Vehicles Sold in the U.S.
Clean Energy Across the US on Foreign Oil
20 States Have Adopted Renewable Energy Standards
Congress is Beginning to Respond. Rep. Waxman Introduced Legislation that Caps Emissions in 2010 Before Requiring Annual Reductions. By 2050, Emissions Will Be 80% Lower Than In 1990.
The new Congress has begun to seriously address global warming.
The major Presidential candidates of both parties for 2008 have gone on record that the US must seriously address global warming.