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Rep. Moran Warns of Failure to Act on Climate Change

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Rep. Jim Moran (VA-08), Ranking Member on Interior and Environment Subcommittee, took to the House floor to call on Congress to act to prevent further damage from climate change by developing a long-term strategy to address the issue. Moran's floor speech follows his commitment as a member of the Safe Climate Caucus, a group of lawmakers dedicated to speaking every day on the House Floor about the urgent need to address climate change.

In his remarks, Rep. Moran called on House Republicans to stop denying the overwhelming scientific research on climate change that shows the impact of human activity on higher concentrations of greenhouse gases, rises in global temperatures and severe weather events that fit the predictive patterns of global climate change.

"Failure to take action dooms future generations to more powerful and destructive weather events, alters our coastlines, subjects our nation to more droughts and food scarcity," said Rep. Moran. "It is not only unsustainable but injurious to our nation's future. It is here in Congress where a long-term strategy to address this issue will have to be crafted if we are to avoid the worst case scenario and the catastrophic consequences of climate change."

Full text of the speech is available below:

"Mr. Speaker, I want to draw the House's attention to the compelling issue of Climate Change that the House majority continues to refuse to address.

"I am joined by a number of my colleagues who are committed to keep this issue before the U.S. Congress by speaking every day on the House floor on the need for Congress to take action on climate change.

"We are making this commitment because this chamber is filled with probably the largest collection of climate deniers.

"It is here in Congress where a long-term strategy to address this issue will have to be crafted if we are to avoid the worst case scenario and the catastrophic consequences of climate change.

"Today, there is almost complete consensus on the science of climate change:

*that the higher concentrations of greenhouse gases over the past 50 years are due to human activity;

*that the rapid increase in global temperature could not have been caused by natural factors alone; and

*that the severe temperatures and extreme weather events we have experienced in recent years, including the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy, all fit the predictive pattern of global climate change.

"Failure to take action dooms future generations to more powerful and destructive weather events, alters our coastlines, subjects our nation to more droughts and food scarcity.

"Mr. Speaker, an overwhelming majority of the public accepts these scientific findings and understands a status quo energy policy heavily dependent on the burning of fossil fuels must change.

"It is not only unsustainable but injurious to our nation's future.

"In the coming weeks I will be returning to floor to highlight the consequences of continued inaction and ways we can move forward with solutions.


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