Global Warming Skeptics Relegated to Fringe


Earlier this month, I reported on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) 2007 report on global warming. Over the next weeks, we’ll continue to provide comments and reactions from national and international experts.

The following statement was released by John Flicker, president of the National Audubon Society: “The IPCC report should erase any doubts, even among the most dedicated skeptics, that the time for action to combat global warming is now. This is a wakeup call not just to those who love birds, wildlife and the natural environment, but to anyone who cares about the future that our children and grandchildren will inherit.


“This report is the most reliable and comprehensive statement of what scientists know about global warming. The world’s best scientists are warning that our planet is being remade from the upper atmosphere to the ocean’s depths as a result of human activity. This report leaves no room for doubt, and it has never been clearer that Congress has no time to waste.

“The clarity and completeness of the IPCC’s global warming findings permanently relegate skeptics to the fringe. Lawmakers should move quickly to adopt mandatory measures that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time, promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy legislation helps serve as a down payment toward that goal.”

Congress is on the verge of undertaking serious policymaking on global warming for the first time, the Audubon Society also reports. Recently, Sens. Joseph Biden (D-DE) and Richard Lugar (R-IN) introduced a resolution that urges the United States to go back to the international bargaining table. Other proactive measures have been introduced by Sens. John McCain (R-AZ), Joseph Lieberman (ID-CT) and Barack Obama (D-IL), and Blanche Lincoln (D-AR). Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), who recently introduced her own bill, is launching hearings. In the House, Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA) is introducing a comprehensive bill, and Reps. Wayne Gilchrest (R-MD) and John Olver (D-MA) have just introduced their bipartisan bill. publishes science news so organic consumers have access to the latest information on climate change and threats to our environment. You can view more posts on climate change by visiting the Environment Section of our blog.

Book Picks of the Day: Audubon Walking America: A Year on Wilderness Trails 2007 and Audubon Walking Calendar 2008.

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