Here’s the speech Joe Biden should give on the climate ’emergency’

It’s time America and the world realize that we have a clean-energy problem, not a global warming problem

Item: President Joe Biden announced new executive steps to combat climate change on Wednesday, but fell short of issuing a climate emergency declaration as some Democrats had called for amid stalled negotiations over major environmental legislation in Washington. “Since Congress is not acting as it should…this is an emergency and I will look at it that way,” Biden said. “As president I’ll use my executive powers to combat the climate crisis in the absence of executive action.”.. . The orders come as the White House struggles to salvage Biden’s aggressive climate agenda after talks with West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin stalled last week. The administration also faced an additional setback for its climate agenda after a major Supreme Court ruling last month limited the federal government’s authority to impose regulations to cut carbon emissions from power plants. – CNBC, July 20, 2022

“My fellow Americans, I’m going to be straight with you. It’s too darn hot today for any malarkey. It’s hot and it’s going to get hotter. We live in a warming world due to the steady build-up of carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere. We did this. A serious conversation about what America and the world should do next must begin with an acceptance of this basic reality.

“Although climate scientists don’t know everything, they know a whole lot. For instance, they’ve become more confident in their conclusions about global warming thanks to more data and more sophisticated computer modeling using that data. These models are worth paying attention to. A recent study that looked at what they’ve been forecasting since the 1970s found that almost all of them made predictions that ended up landing within their margin of error.

“The good news (and yes, folks, there is some) is that the most extreme potential heating — 10 or 12 degrees or even more — from climate change now seems less likely. Which is no small thing. If such heating were to happen, half the global population might be living in a region rendered uninhabitable without air conditioning for at least some part of the year.

“But, unfortunately, there’s also plenty of bad news. Climate experts think the best-case scenarios, ones that see merely minimal heating, are also less likely. So we’re almost certainly looking at a hotter Earth with rising seas and an increasing number of severe weather events: terrible storms, brutal heat waves, withering droughts. There’s also a non-zero chance that some pretty scary worst-case scenarios could eventually happen. Again, these risks are small. But we should not ignore what scientists call ‘tail risks.’ After all, humanity is doing something new to its home.

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