Lead by example
The 2018 United Nations report clearly identified the need to keep warming below 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit above pre-industrial levels. The 2018 U.S. Global Change Program’s Fourth National Climate Assessment Report warning of the destruction and economic costs of global warming then stimulated a litany of false claims apparently designed to redirect public attention.
Funded by Exxon-Mobil and the Koch Foundation, the American Enterprise Institute is promoting the falsehood that the last two years were among the coldest on record. Yet data show us that the last four years were the hottest years since the 1880s. Given the data, it’s amazing that anyone would either promote such nonsense or accept it. Even as integrity and accuracy have never been among the attributes of those rejecting the climate science consensus, rejecting climate science merely serves these corporations. Fraudulent claims must be rejected.
Oregonians can do our part to address global warming by supporting a meaningful statewide greenhouse gas emissions reduction policy. A joint committee of the Legislature is developing such a bill. If it genuinely reduces greenhouse gas emissions in the state, we should support it.
Oregon’s emissions may be small, but we should lead by example in addressing climate change.
Kathy Conway, Southern Oregon Climate Action Now