Followup note to Senator Coons re global warming

SECURE AMERICA’S FUTURE ECONOMY, advocating smaller, more focused, less costly government since 1996

February 15, 2014

Dear Senator Coons:

Thank you for your response to our January 27 letter re the manmade global warming theory.

Obviously you do not share our opinion that the theory is inherently implausible and weakly supported by the evidence. No purpose would be served by belaboring the point.

We did wonder, however, how you can speak with such assurance about the “facts” of climate change (aka global warming) when – as discussed in the analysis that we cited – there has been no global warming since 1998 and some scientists think Earth may be on the cusp of an extended cooling trend.

This problem for global warming alarmists was also pointed out in a letter published by the News Journal on February 1.

If you have questions or we can help further, please advise.

SAFE

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Letter from Senator Chris Coons
February 14, 2014

Thank you for writing to me to express your thoughts about climate change. I appreciate your taking the time to write to me about this important issue.

Climate change is caused by carbon dioxide and other pollutants that accumulate in the atmosphere and trap the sun’s heat. Over the last 50 years, the average global temperature has increased at the fastest rate in recorded history and the 10 hottest years on record have all occurred since 1990. These changes have serious consequences in the form of glacial melting and sea level rise, increased hurricane strength, and disruption of habitats all over the world.

Because of these facts, I believe we must move swiftly to reduce our use of fossil fuels and transition to a clean energy future by promoting solar, wind, biofuels and other forms of alternative energy. How we power our future is one of the crucial questions of our time, because it has far-reaching implications for our economy, national security, and environment. When America has faced great challenges in the past, our innovative spirit has risen to meet those challenges. I am confident that we will be able to create a new energy future that will allow us to reduce and eventually eliminate our dependence on fossil fuels.

In April 2007, the Supreme Court case
Massachusetts v. EPA found that greenhouse gases created by fossil fuels are air pollutants covered by the Clean Air Act and could be regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – if the agency could confirm that such gases pose a risk to human health. In December 2009, the EPA released its findings declaring that greenhouse gases do in fact “threaten the health and public welfare of the American people.” This authority under the Clean Air Act is an important step toward decreasing our addiction to traditional sources of energy as well as reducing carbon emissions.

During my time in Congress, members in both houses have proposed legislation that would have delayed or blocked EPA regulation of greenhouse gases for the purpose of combating climate change. I was proud to vote to uphold the Clean Air Act by opposing each measure considered by the Senate. Proposals to override the view of scientists at the EPA would put human health and the environment in greater jeopardy, and I will oppose all such measures in the future.

As you know, on June 25th, President Obama announced an updated national strategy on climate change, which sets ambitious goals for carbon reductions and offers a diverse strategy for meeting them. Among the goals outlined in the President’s strategy are new energy efficiency standards, a government-wide review of the nation’s energy needs and capabilities, and a renewed commitment to improving vehicle efficiency. These priorities will help increase our nation’s energy security and mitigate the impacts of climate change. I am working to support this strategy in the Senate as a sponsor of several bipartisan bills—including the Energy Savings and Industrial Competiveness Act, the Quadrennial Energy Review Act, and the Master Limited Partnerships Parity Act—to increase our energy efficiency, commission a quadrennial review of our energy capabilities, and spur clean energy development and innovation.

Again, thank you for contacting me. I am honored to represent Delaware in the United States Senate, and while we may disagree on this subject, I truly value hearing from constituents on issues of concern. My website,
www.coons.senate.gov , can provide additional details about my work in the Senate, including legislation and state projects. I value your input and hope you will continue to keep me informed of the issues that matter to you.

Sincerely,

Christopher A. Coons
United States Senator


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