New Report: Global Warming is Already Wreaking Havoc on U.S.

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A new report out Tuesday suggests that climate change is not just a distant threat, nor liberal propaganda as some Fox pundits might suggest, but a reality that is already impacting Americans. The effects of human-induced climate change are being felt in every corner of the United States, scientists say, from drought  to increasing torrential rains, heat waves becoming more common, and forests ravaged by severe wildfires and heat-loving insects.

These sweeping changes are the results of a less than two degree Fahrenheit change in average temperature, but if greenhouses gases like carbon dioxide and methane continue to accumulate in the atmosphere, warming could exceed 10 degrees by the end of the century, and that could have disastrous, maybe even apocalyptic effects. The report warns that sea levels could rise anywhere between 1 and 4 feet by the end of the century, and they haven’t ruled out 6 feet. Manhattan? Good bye.

The message is we must act now to reverse the damaging effects of human energy consumption.

The administration hopes to use the findings to shore up support for President Obama’s new emissions regulations, but Republican’s are already dismissing the report as hoax, and an excuse to launch an all-out “war on coal”.  Other Republicans say Obama’s plans will hurt the economy by destroying coal-based jobs, as if there are many of those left.

The report found some benefits from climate change in the short run, such as a longer growing season for crops and a longer shipping season on the Great Lakes. But it warned that these were likely to be countered by escalating damages. Food production may be hit hard by rising heat and water stress in coming decades.

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