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Received this e-mail today from Senator Mark Udall (D. CO), a long time environmental advocate, is joining his colleagues in calling for action on climate change:
It’s getting worse.

For over a decade, NASA satellites have scanned Earth’s surface and measured the size and tenacity of wildfires across the country. According to NASA, the long and intense fire seasons of late are becoming a yearly mainstay.

“Fire seasons are starting earlier, due to warmer spring temperatures and earlier snow melt, and they are lasting longer into the fall.” [NASA 08/09/2013]

Senators John McCain, left and Mark Udall, right   look at a dead pine tree killed  by the bark beetle.  The two were on a small tour inside the park to show them some of the bark beetle kill in the lodge pole pine and other effects of climate change in the park.  Ben Bobowski, Chief of Resourse Stewardship for Rocky Mountain National Park , middle, was their tour guide. U.S. Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) and John McCain (R-AZ)  visited Rocky Mountain National Park today and then held a field hearing of the Energy and Natural Resources  Subcommittee on National Parks to discuss the impacts of climate change on Colorado's parks.  From bark beetle infestations to changes to wildlife habitat, Rocky Mountain National Park alone has undergone changes due in part to rising temperatures  The senators will discuss what climate change means for Colorado's parks and how they are adapting to and mitigating the impacts.  Afterwards the senators went to the town's city hall to have testimonials from townspeople and park rangers on their perspectives about climate change and it's effect.  Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post
Climate change is here, and the worsening wildfires and severe drought across the West are just a couple of many concrete examples that prove it. We can’t continue to ignore this reality. The time to act was yesterday.

Will you join Sen. Chris Coons, Sen. Bob Menendez, Sen. Jeff Merkley, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, and me in calling for immediate action on climate change? Click here to sign our petition:

http://climatechangeactionnow.com/...

Gina McCarthy made Colorado one of her first stops as Environmental Protection Agency administrator, and I had the pleasure of introducing her at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Gina knows we don’t have to choose between growing our economy and protecting our environment. The two go hand-in-hand. Due in part to a wind energy sector which supports 5,000 jobs in the state, Colorado continues to lead the way on addressing this global threat by growing a robust renewable energy industry that harnesses our wind, solar, biomass, and geothermal capabilities.

President Obama and the EPA are already taking the lead to adapt proven solutions from the state and local levels — solutions that help reduce global warming. But to confront this truly global crisis, the U.S. Senate and each of us has to do our part.

The White House is ready to take action. Are you?

Please join Sen. Chris Coons, Sen. Bob Menendez, Sen. Jeff Merkley, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, and me in calling for immediate action on climate change:

http://climatechangeactionnow.com/...

Thanks,
Mark

You can click here to sign Udall's petition:
http://climatechangeactionnow.com/...

Originally posted to pdc on Mon Aug 19, 2013 at 09:00 PM PDT.

Also republished by Climate Change SOS, Colorado COmmunity, and Climate Hawks.

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  •  Tip Jar (8+ / 0-)

    Funny Stuff at http://www.funnyordie.com/oresmas

    by poopdogcomedy on Mon Aug 19, 2013 at 09:00:44 PM PDT

  •  We've been telling anyone who would.... (0+ / 0-)

    ...listen that this is happening. For the past FORTY FUCKING YEARS!!!

    But back then we were "hippies" and "bunnyhuggers" and so on....

    Try to save some trees? They take them anyway. Try to save a species or two? They go extinct anyway. Tired of breathing yellow-brown haze? Get used to it....

    It's WAY too late for "action on climate change." Unless it involves a massive effort to conserve potable water and turn to non-carbon energy, we're toast. One-hundred fifty years and we'll be down to a few million worldwide. That's only if the Chinese and Indians and Pakistanis don't exchange nukes. I'm pretty sure they will.

    Game over.

    "Wealthy the Spirit which knows its own flight. Stealthy the Hunter who slays his own fright. Blessed is the Traveler who journeys the length of the Light."

    by CanisMaximus on Mon Aug 19, 2013 at 09:23:05 PM PDT

    •  So, we do nothing? I'd rather go down (0+ / 0-)

      fighting.

      "I don't love writing, but I love having written" ~ Dorothy Parker // Visit my Handmade Gallery on Zibbet

      by jan4insight on Mon Aug 19, 2013 at 09:52:28 PM PDT

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      •  I'm 60. I've fought for 40 years.... (0+ / 0-)

        ....At this point in my life and knowing that no action which will make a difference because of human greed, I'd much rather go down comfortable.

        I've done everything I can to position my genetic legacy where there will be potable water for at least 50 years.

        Nothing else matters without potable water. Prove me wrong.

        "Wealthy the Spirit which knows its own flight. Stealthy the Hunter who slays his own fright. Blessed is the Traveler who journeys the length of the Light."

        by CanisMaximus on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 01:29:25 AM PDT

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        •  I've been fighting as long as you have. (0+ / 0-)

          But it's time for you to retire if that's you need to post. Your doom/gloom pronouncements may (or may not) be reality-based, but they just pull the rug out from under anyone who is still fighting, as well as younger people joining the cause.

          "I don't love writing, but I love having written" ~ Dorothy Parker // Visit my Handmade Gallery on Zibbet

          by jan4insight on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 11:51:50 AM PDT

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          •  What cause? (1+ / 0-)
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            What "fight"?

            People like you make me want to go burn a pile of tires.

            We've lost. We never had the money. We never had a chance until it became apparent to everyone with half a brain the climate was changing far more rapidly than even OUR "experts" imagined.

            You're like a guy drowning ten meters from the dock. Instead of swimming to the dock, you want to invent a life jacket out of water.

            Those young people you talk about better quit diddling around feeling superior in their electric cars (which STILL uses fossil fuels to make the electricity) and bicycles, recycling, etc... All of it is pointless. In fifty years the central and western United States will be an unlivable desert.

            So you go on "fighting." Meanwhile, the rest of the sentient population will be attempting to adapt. Turning back the coming catastrophe is senseless and impossible.

            "Wealthy the Spirit which knows its own flight. Stealthy the Hunter who slays his own fright. Blessed is the Traveler who journeys the length of the Light."

            by CanisMaximus on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 12:58:20 PM PDT

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            •  I think you underestimate man's ingenuity when he (0+ / 0-)

              puts his mind to getting something done.  The fact that very large interests have been running the show for the last 100 years is a problem.  But, I think their years are numbered.

              •  Only because they will suffer the same loss... (0+ / 0-)

                ...of resources everyone else will.

                The difference is, the rich will have bought the remaining water supplies (See This) and along with private armies will be cushioned. The Bushies are actually small potatoes. The Moonies bought two million acres. The Chinese have bought several million acres.

                The rest of us are left to Mad Max and Thunderdome.

                "Wealthy the Spirit which knows its own flight. Stealthy the Hunter who slays his own fright. Blessed is the Traveler who journeys the length of the Light."

                by CanisMaximus on Wed Aug 21, 2013 at 06:01:52 PM PDT

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        •  I hate to say it; but, water is going to be really (0+ / 0-)

          important within the next twenty years.  But, they are developing technologies to desalinate water while creating energy from solar.  I just don't see how that's going to be enough for the population growth.

          Americans just don't get it.  They waste so much.  We even let frackers take our potable water and poison it and store it underground so that it can poison other water sources over the next fifty years.  And, don't get me going on industrialized agriculture.  People need to reduce meat and dairy as much as possible, unless it's from a sustainable source.

  •  Thanks, pdc, for all the news on Democrats. (1+ / 0-)
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    I wish DailyKos had more news about Democrats and less about Republicans. You certainly are doing your part, and that's appreciated.

    And it's very good that five Democratic Senators are proposing legislation to combat climate change. Will we be reading some analysis of the legislation?

    “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children” ― Chief Seattle

    by SoCalSal on Mon Aug 19, 2013 at 10:01:42 PM PDT

  •  In the photo Mark is standing just S of where the (1+ / 0-)
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    road to his house joins state highway 93. I like those turbines myself. They were early and experimental and don't always turn, but I like them a lot more than the cars zipping by going to and fro Golden to Boulder.

    “Conservation… is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution…” Aldo Leopold

    by ban nock on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 03:34:16 AM PDT

  •  Too late? That's short-term thinking. (0+ / 0-)

    Sure, stopping the fossil fuel carnival twenty years ago would have been best of all; there might have been a future for civilization. Stopping today wouldn't avert disaster, but it might avert Armageddon. Stopping the burning of fossil fuels when civilization goes bust (fifteen years? ten?) won't even be too late. Earth will recover. Maybe a tenth of the species will survive. Some humans will. After the new Dark Ages, smarter and wiser humans will build a new civilization. Maybe that one will actually be civilized.

    Congressmen will always make better doors than windows, especially now that most of them have become unhinged.

    by Mike732 on Wed Aug 21, 2013 at 08:29:03 AM PDT

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