Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) blasted skeptics of climate science Wednesday, alleging they are “endangering humankind.”
“The message I have for climate deniers is this: you are endangering humankind,” Boxer said during a press conference in the Capitol. “It is time for climate deniers to face reality, because the body of evidence is overwhelming and the world’s leading scientists agree.”
Boxer criticized skeptics of climate science, alleging they are standing in the way of significant progress toward lowering greenhouse gas emissions both domestically and internationally.
“Wishing that climate change will go away by clinging to a tiny minority view is not a policy — it is a fantasy,” Boxer said. “Problems do not go away by pretending they do not exist. And the longer that vocal minority insists on keeping their heads in the sand, the more it endangers billions of people around the globe and threatens to dramatically and negatively reshape the world as we know it.”
Efforts to pass broad climate change legislation in the United States stalled after the Senate was unable to get enough votes to pass cap-and-trade legislation last year.
Boxer also dismissed a series of hacked emails that Republicans and others say show climate scientists hiding data that raises questions about global warming. An initial batch of emails was released in 2009, and additional documents came to light last month.
Several investigations have concluded that the emails do not indicate that climate scientists were suppressing information.
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