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May 15, 2014

WALLACE: Facts don't lie, climate change is real

Tonawanda News — Climate change is real. It is a scientifically proven fact. The evidence is growing that humans have had a negative effect on Earth’s climate and have contributed to global warming.

The White House even released a report last week stating that the devastating effects of global warming were already under way in the U.S. 

But despite this report and the mounting scientific evidence, many high-profile politicians in the Republican and Conservative parties are playing politics with our climate and are spreading propaganda in the media claiming climate change is not real.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, said recently that he does not “believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it.” 

And he’s not the only one.

Last month, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, claimed the global warming debate had become “dumbed down,” before making claims on historic temperatures that stand in contrast to the work of climate scientists.

Neither Rubio or Paul are in any way scientists nor have they extensively studied the environment and the changes that are occurring within it.

The major scientific agencies in the U.S., including the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration among others, all agree that climate change is occurring and that humans are contributing to it.

The proof is in the facts.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s website states that the global average temperature has increased by more than 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit over the last century. According to NOAA, the decade from 2000 to 2010 was the warmest on record, and 2010 was tied with 2005 as the warmest year on record. 

Rising global temperatures have also been accompanied by other changes in weather and climate. Many places in the U.S. have experienced changes in rainfall resulting in more intense rain, as well as more frequent and severe heat waves, including drought in the South and West and flooding in the East and central U.S.

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