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Jon Stewart on Climate Change

by Suzanne Bonamici

There is plenty of debate in the scientific community about global climate change. How fast it’s progressing, which parts of the world are most threatened, and how best to combat it are all open questions.

One question that has been definitively answered is whether climate change is happening. That case is closed. Climate change is real, it’s caused by human activity, and it’s an actual threat that requires action.

As a member of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee in the House of Representatives, I’m working hard to find solutions to the climate crisis. From investing in renewable energy, to helping Oregonians weatherize their older homes, there are a lot of good ideas out there that I’m supporting. But I keep running into a challenge with many of my colleagues.

Some members of the Science Committee simply don’t believe what the scientists are telling us – that humans contribute to climate change. Something about it doesn’t compute for them. Committee witnesses do their best to educate us about the dangers we face, and some smart bipartisan solutions that are on the table – but let me tell you, it’s an uphill climb.

To get a sense of what’s it’s like in our hearings, take a few minutes and watch this clip of Jon Stewart discussing the deniers. It’s worth it.

Jon Stewart

Rest assured that I’m going to keep working on this issue. Together, we can tackle climate change and create a better, healthier world for our children and grandchildren. Thank you for all of your support.

With appreciation, Suzanne

Posted on October 14, 2014.