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Climate Change Debates: We only have one chance to get it right….

As Oregonians faced down another punishing, deadly heat wave this month, the ​​Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a very dire report on our rapidly warming climate:

A Hotter Future is Certain, Climate Panel Warns. But How Hot Is Up to Us.

The IPCC’s report outlines how human-made climate change has all but locked us into hotter and more severe weather. But there is one silver lining – we could stop the warming from getting much worse if we drastically reduce carbon emissions starting now.

Let me break it down for you: Since the 1900’s the Earth has warmed nearly 1.1 degrees Celsius. Scientists predict the planet will warm 1.5 degrees Celsius within the next two decades, at which point the climate will get worse on its own, no matter what we do.

We must make a change and we must make it now, David.

So: what happens next is up to us. If we begin drastically reducing carbon emissions in coordination with the rest of the world, we can stop the planet from warming more than 1.5 degrees Celsius.

I promise you this: I won’t stop fighting for strong climate and clean energy measures in the infrastructure package. Congress can’t punt this football any longer. We need to take bold action to reduce the severity of climate change.

While I work to make sure climate provisions aren’t left on the cutting room floor, will you do something for me? Will you check on your friends and family this week? Or your elderly neighbor who may not have air conditioning? Heat waves are dangerous and we need to look out for each other.

Stay safe and stay out of the heat!

Peter DeFazio

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