US republicans continue to show they actually care less about environmental factors that drive climate changes, and they appear to continually discountenance the fact that the world faces grave environmental consequences if human activities continue to threaten our climate. This became obvious following the reactions of the republications to the US House Committee’s report on global change.
The United Nations had published a scientific climate report that offers a comprehensive assessment of climate change, and according to Jane C. Timm, “the 40-page report sums up 800 scientists’ thousands of pages of research from over 13 months, using an enormous amount of science to argue that carbon emissions must be dramatically reduced.”
And to underscore the seriousness of issues stated in the said report, the New York Times states that “Failure to reduce emissions, the group of scientists and other experts found, could threaten society with food shortages, refugee crises, the flooding of major cities and entire island nations, mass extinction of plants and animals, and a climate so drastically altered it might become dangerous for people to work or play outside during the hottest times of the year.”
But as terrifying as the central points of the report are, and as useful for policymakers as they are, the Chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, Rep. Lamar Smith discountenanced the report by stating that there is “nothing new” in it, and that the numbered impacts are mere exaggerations.
According to Lamar Smith, it is wonderful that the government is making efforts “to better understand the complex science of our ever-changing planet,” but only that the report “says nothing new.” He further states that “similar to previous reports, the latest findings appear more political than scientific,” he said. “People are tired of the re-packaged rhetoric. It’s time to stop fear mongering and focus on an honest dialogue about real options.”