A group of 375 members of the National Academy of Sciences wrote an Open Letter Regarding Climate Change in a desperate attempt to convince GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump that the Unites States must remain a member of the Paris Accord. The Republican is a known climate change denier that stated that, in the case in which he is elected president, he would pull the US from the accord.
“Human-caused climate change is not a belief, a hoax, or a conspiracy. It is a physical reality.”
This is how the open letter begins. The idea that climate change is a conspiracy was propagated by the GOP nominee during an interview last year. Trump then declared that the concepts of global warming and climate change are made up by the Chinese government in an effort to take over good, old-fashion American industry.
The letter continues by explaining how the burning of fossil fuels lead to a great accumulation of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses that raised the average level of global temperatures.
The scientists that wrote the letter point out that human intervention is visible in every corner of the planet, from the ever increasing temperatures of oceans to the lower atmosphere, and land surface. They give the retreat of Arctic sea ice and an ever-changing rainfall pattern as compelling evidence for the existence of climate change.
“During the Presidential primary campaign, claims were made that the Earth is not warming, or that warming is due to purely natural causes outside of human control. Such claims are inconsistent with reality,” the letter continues.
The authors continue by saying that some people wanted to receive evidence that would prove with “absolute certainty” that the climate was irreparably damaged by humans. They argue that “absolute certainty” is never possible, but that they ate “certain beyond a reasonable doubt” that human-caused climate change is an urgent, real, and very serious problem that must be dealt as soon as possible.
Moreover, the authors, among which physicist Stephen Hawking, talk about the eventuality of a “Parexit” and how such an action would permanently damage the image of the Unites States, making it look like our nation is not willing to participate in the global effort of making our planet a better place to live in.
“Walking away from Paris makes it less likely that the US will have a global leadership role, politically, economically, or morally. We cannot afford to cross that tipping point,” the letter ends.
What is your opinion on made-made climate change? Do you consider that a “Parexit” would irremediably hurt the image of the United States?
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