Topic: Global Warming

Article: Pope Francis, in Sweeping Encyclical, Calls for Swift Action on Climate Change

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Barack Obama
How many of Obama's campaign promises has he kept?
PolitiFact has compiled more than 500 promises that Barack Obama made during the 2008 and 2012 campaigns and is tracking their progress on our Obameter45 percent were kept and 25 percent were compromised.  Check it out.

Rush Limbaugh
Says the media created the term "polar vortex" and the cold air proves "the ice isn’t melting."
The polar vortex has been a part of science for decades, and it certainly does not prove that sea ice is not melting.
Marco Rubio
Marco Rubio says surface temperatures on Earth 'have stabilized'
Few scientists doubt that temperatures will rise again. The "pause" in global surface temperatures is temporary, with temperatures poised to rise once the oceans start releasing more heat, such as during an El Nino event.
John Boehner
New carbon regulations will increase electric bills by "$17 billion every year" and "potentially put an average of 224,000 more people out of work every year."
Boehner sited an earlier Chamber of Commerce study that made predictions based on different regulations than those announced by the White House.
Barack Obama
What has Obama accomplished as president? Which campaign promises were compromised? Which ones has he failed to keep?
PolitiFact has compiled more than 500 promises that Barack Obama made during the 2008 and 2012 campaigns and is tracking their progress on our Obameter.
Sheldon Whitehouse, RI Sen D
"There are already more American jobs in the solar industry than in coal mining."
Three objective sources support that cleaner/safer solar jobs drastically outnumber mining jobs. Sources include the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration.
John Boehner
"The nearly six-year delay in approving Keystone is costing Americans more than 100,000 jobs."
He was citing a study that experts said was "flawed" and the company in charge of the project, TransCanada, said was "no longer relevant."
Steve Doocy Fox And Friends
Doocy claims NASA fudged data to make the case for global warming.
This is the pot calling the kettle black in a desperate effort to deny scientific facts. His information came from a blogger whose data was fundamentally flawed.  Besides, NASA could not fudge the data for the rest of the world.
Mitch Mcconnell Sen Ky
The Senate Majority Leader says that the climate-change agreement between the United States and China "requires the Chinese to do nothing at all for 16 years.
Experts say that it is not in China’s interest to spend the next 16 years working toward the goal, but building that infrastructure cannot be done overnight and will take years to carry out.
Bernie Sanders Vt Senate
Bernie Sanders introduced an amendment to the Keystone XL pipeline bill that forces Republicans to state their views on climate change.
His amendment says that: (1) climate change is real; (2) is caused by human activities; (3) has already caused devastating problems in the US and world; (4) must be resolved quickly or our entire planet suffer irreparable harm; and (5) it is imperative that the US make the transition to sustainable energy as rapidly as possible.
Dana Perino Fox News
On climate change, "the temperature readings have been fabricated, and it's all blowing up in their (scientists') faces."
The allegations raised by skeptics like the author of The Telegraph the source of Perino, have had no effect on the consensus that the Earth has seen an increase in temperatures over the past 100 years.This claim has been debunked before. To continue to repeat it, moves this into realm of the ridiculous.
Jim Inhofe R Ok
Senator Jim Inhofe, displayed a snowball on the floor of the Senate and said it proved climate change was a hoax. He quotes Bible as support.
Inhofe, who is Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, was ignorant that the snowball and record cold actually helps prove that climate change is real. His conviction that science is irrelevant is based on Genesis 8:22 "As long as the earth remains there will be springtime and harvest,cold and heat, winter and summer."
Ted Cruz Tx
Cruz says science does not back up global warming. He sites satellite data for the last 17 years claiming there has been zero warming."
Cruz cherry-picks a timeframe that starts at an extremely warm year and ignores that the first decade of the 21st century -- even as it’s been stable -- has been the warmest on record. While scientists don’t deny that there’s been a recent "pause" in warming, they expect it to be a temporary trend.
Charles Koch
Recent solar energy policies in Georgia "have resulted in rate hikes and did not result in solar becoming any more economically viable."
Georgia’s largest utility said that the program in Georgia is thriving. Part of Georgia's implementation plan was that using solar power wouldn’t affect rates, and it hasn’t.
Global Warming
In the decades since leaders first got together on climate, The world has gotten hotter, weirder.
Carbon dioxide emissions: up 60 percent. Global temperature: up six-tenths of a degree. Population: up 1.7 billion people. Sea level: up 3 inches. U.S. extreme weather: up 30 percent. Ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica: down 4.9 trillion tons of ice.
Barack Obama
Five things President Obama wants to discuss with Pope Francis when the pontiff comes to DC.
1. Poor And Marginalized Populations; 2. Environmental Stewardship; 3. Religious Freedom; 4. Economic Opportunity; 5. and Immigration Reform.
Marco Rubio
"I can tell you with certainty (cap and trade) would have a devastating impact on our economy."
Existing cap-and-trade programs have not proven to be "devastating" in their economic impact. While estimates for proposed programs vary, most experts and analysts have found modest potential  impact on the economy; some even show a positive impact.
Rush Limbaugh
Limbaugh says,"85 percent donated to the Clinton Foundation ended up either with the Clintons or with their staff to pay for travel, salaries, and benefits."
Limbaugh's statement ignores critical facts that would give a different impression. While 85% did go to Clinton Foundation staff for travel, salaries and benefits, most of the foundation's charitable work is done in-house. The Clinton Foundation says 88% goes to charitable programs, including 15% went to charitable grants to outside organizations.
Rick Santorum
Santorum criticizes Pope Francis’ letter on climate change, saying, "Leave the science to the scientist."
Santorum, an Attorney not a scientist, does not agree with scientific data on global warming. He has repeatedly told religious leaders to shy away from matters of science and focus more on the church’s principles.  Pope Francis on the other hand, does have a degree in Chemistry, giving him a significant scientific background.
Don Zimmerman
Texas politician slams science on global warming saying that it is "the sun warms the Earth, carbon dioxide does not"
It is true the sun is our primary source of energy and drives the climate. However Zimmerman and global warming deniers discount the fact that the Earth's atmosphere filters the sun. High concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere cause temperatures to rise because the solar energy that the Earth absorbs cannot escape to space as efficiently.
Lindsey Graham R Sc
The big loser in the GOP debate: Our warming planet.
Lindsey Graham is the only GOP candidate who regularly says that climate change is actually happening and humans are causing it, and he was attacked for it during the GOP debate.  Other than that attack, global warming was not mentioned.
Charles Koch
New report examines Kochs' role in Hurricane Katrina damage and slow recovery.
The report says that Koch and other oil and gas pipeline companies caused destruction of wetlands south of New Orleans, eliminating New Orleans' "natural protection, and exacerbating the damage done when Katrina hit, .They continue to oppose reform legislation.
Global Warming
Soon to be released movie, "This Changes Everything," explores the battle between Capitalism and the climate.
The documentary, based on Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller, was filmed in nine countries and five continents over four years. It is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change.  What if confronting the climate crisis is the best chance we’ll ever get to build a better world?
David H Koch
Report reveals nefarious history of the Koch brothers, who have bought an entire political party and many elections.
Rolling Stone's Tim Dickinson explores the literally toxic—business that earned the Kochs enough money to buy up an entire political party.  They include a wrongful death judgement, six felony and numerous misdemeanor convictions, the tens of millions of dollars in fines, and trading with Iran. The Koch brothers don't argue the facts in Dickinson's story, instead they attack the author.
Sen. Roy Blunt
Sen. Roy Blunt says "The world food demand is going to double sometime between now and 2070."
Population and diet change alone will cause a 69 percent increase in calorie demand by 2050, researchers say. Globally, income and urbanization has been growing rapidly for the past five decades, and with that comes increased demand for food and a change in diets.

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