Rep. Peter Welch gave the following statement reacting to the National Climate Assessment released today by the National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee:
"This report should put to rest once and for all the theoretical debate over the existence of climate change. The undeniable fact is that climate change is real and having an impact on our environment, our economy, and our health. In Vermont, we have experienced extreme weather that has wiped out roads, bridges, and homes. Our farmers are challenged by unpredictable growing seasons. And the futures of our ski areas and maple industry are threatened. The good news is that there is still time to act. But if Congress won't act, the President should take any and all steps within his authority to confront this urgent challenge."