Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) released the following statement on the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s report about the catastrophic effects of climate change on our artic and coastal regions:
“The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report should terrify each one of us. It shows the harm that the climate emergency is already causing in the artic and coastal regions. We have to reduce our emissions before it’s too late.
“The cost of inaction is growing. The report says that within decades, coastal communities will face 100-year-flooding levels every year. Sea levels could rise by more than three feet by the end of the century. Our oceans will become warmer and more acidic. And coral and fish populations will dramatically plummet.
“While certain effects are now unavoidable, we can still avoid complete climate collapse. But that window is rapidly closing. If we don’t keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius, catastrophic repercussions will become inevitable.
“In the absence of action from the federal government, California has taken the lead. We’ve proven that investing in clean energy solutions and reducing carbon emissions can work hand-in-hand with a growing economy.
“Hopefully, this report will serve as a wakeup call for those in Congress and the White House who still deny the science and refuse to act.”