28 March 2017
I issued the following statement earlier today in response to President Donald Trump’s Executive Order to overhaul the Clean Power Plan:
“The scientific consensus is clear; the climate is changing, humanity is the major influence, and some of the resulting impacts on society are likely to be severe. That’s why AGU’s climate science position statement, which doesn’t reference any specific climate policies, is nevertheless titled “Human‐Induced Climate Change Requires Urgent Action.” The scientific community has the information needed to formulate effective policies and actions to address the implications of climate change, and we encourage the Administration to take advantage of that resource.
We are already seeing the negative effects of climate change in local communities and around the world. Extreme weather events and sea level rise impact critical infrastructure in coastal communities, while increasing periods of drought and rainfall are affecting water availability in regions such as the Great Plains or Southwest. Financially, severe weather disasters cost the U.S. more than $100 billion in 2012.
Addressing these and many other challenges requires collaboration from all stakeholders, including businesses, the energy industry, and local and federal governments around the world. Earth and space scientists play a critical role in this collaboration, as they not only help us to understand how the climate is changing and the influence of human-caused emissions on the climate but also how to mitigate its effects, and what the opportunities are to build a more sustainable future. AGU and our members are committed to providing the scientific information that is critical to sound decision-making about climate change.”
* For more information about the executive order, read the Eos story, “White House Issues Sweeping Executive Order on Energy, Climate.”