Senator Dianne Feinstein believes Texas storms part of global warming

August 29, 2017, San Francisco

Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, appeared at the Commonwealth Club to discuss several topics, including these comments on global warming and the record breaking storms in Texas.

Senator Feinstein
“I believe that what’s happening now in Texas is part of the warming” ~ Senator Dianne Feinstein
Senator Feinstein
” The question really is, is it too late? Some predict the climate’s going to warm 4 to 9 degrees, and if it does, there’s nothing we can do, we destroy earth. If we keep the warming one to two degrees, which is still possible, then we can deal with it. So it isn’t hopeless if we do the right thing. ” ~ California Senator Feinstein

Transcript of climate comments:

Senator Feinstein: “This president does not believe that the climate is warming. I strongly disagree. And all you need to do is take a look at a National Geographic Magazine and see where they’re predicting that a huge ice shelf breaks off which is now rifting, and when it does, the seas rise 10 feet.”

“So I think global warming is real. It’s happening much faster than the scientists thought. We need to do … we’ve had three bills on the floor of the Senate in the time I’ve been there, and I think that not one of ‘em has gotten more than 38 votes. And so we’ve got a big job out there by telling Senators and House members and letting them see what is happening.”

Senator Feinstein

“I believe that what’s happening now in Texas is part of the warming. The seas are warming, and in Antarctica what’s happening all the huge glaciers are on beds under the ocean. The ocean is warming there much faster than anyone expected. So these glaciers are dropping off into the water, and they’re huge. They’re the size of states, and when they drop and melt it’s terrible. So, I mean there are a lot of things that we could do. The question really is, is it too late?”

“Some predict the climate’s going to warm 4 to 9 degrees, and if it does, there’s nothing we can do, we destroy earth. If we keep the warming one to two degrees, which is still possible, then we can deal with it. So it isn’t hopeless if we do the right thing. “

Herbst Theatre

“And you know I really got to commend Jerry Brown, I mean he’s put this state in a clean fuel dimension.”

Ellen Tauscher: “So we are no longer in a place of reversing climate change but we could retard it so that it is still sustainable for human life, but we have to act now.”

Senator Feinstein: “That’s correct, we have to act now.”

Report by James George

Epic Floods In Texas And South Asia Are A Challenge For Aid Groups : Goats and Soda : NPR

‘With a reported 50 inches of rainfall, flash flooding and high, murky waters, Hurricane Harvey in Houston has gripped America’s attention. But halfway around the world, another flood has wreaked havoc on historic levels. Two weeks ago, record monsoon rains hit parts of Bangladesh, India and Nepal, bringing the worst floods the region has seen in years. Over 1,200 people have been killed and 24 million affected.’

Source: Epic Floods In Texas And South Asia Are A Challenge For Aid Groups : Goats and Soda : NPR

Once Upon A Time Climate Activists Cheered Al Gore. Times Have Changed. – Mother Jones

‘The criticisms of Gore, while sometimes legitimate, are so numerous and impassioned as to reveal something deeper at work: an anxiety about the direction and effectiveness of the movement itself. There’s a profound fear among many activists that time is running out, that we have only a few more years to take the necessary actions to solve the climate crisis.’

Source: Once Upon A Time Climate Activists Cheered Al Gore. Times Have Changed. – Mother Jones

House Bill Would Shift America Entirely to Clean Energy By 2050 – Environment America

‘Today, Representatives Jared Polis (CO), Jared Huffman (CA), Raul Grijalva (AZ) and Pramila Jayapal (WA) introduced a bill to phase out fossil fuels and completely replace them with clean, renewable energy by 2050. The bill would put in place a comprehensive plan to ramp up renewable energy and energy efficiency, and the electrification of transportation and heating, while putting a halt to the development of fossil fuel infrastructure. It also includes provisions to train workers in the transition to clean energy to encourage the deployment of clean energy in disadvantaged communities.’

Source: House Bill Would Shift America Entirely to Clean Energy By 2050

Climate-Altering Gases Spiked in 2016, Federal Scientists Report – New York Times

‘…Stephen A. Montzka, a NOAA research chemist who worked on the index, said the spike between 2015 and 2016 — the largest incremental increase in greenhouse gases since 1988 — was largely caused by El Niño. The jump between 1987 and 1988, which came in at a slightly higher 2.8 percent, was also linked to an El Niño.’

 

Source: Climate-Altering Gases Spiked in 2016, Federal Scientists Report – New York Times

Field
Reports

climate change commentaries