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Drought and Hot Weather Attributed to Carbon Emisions

Posted on November 17, 2014

This past July was the hottest month on record ever the he US since they started keeping records. Below is are a few excerpts from a recent Bloomberg article:

Wildfires in the U.S. West, heat in the East and drought across most of the nation show the climate is changing, Democrats said today as they sought to revive an issue the Obama administration and Republicans had dropped.

“The whole world is debating global warming,” Senator Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent who often votes with Democrats, said at a hearing on climate change. “We can’t run away from the issue. We need to put it front and center.”

Cutting carbon emissions from human activity such as burning coal to generate electricity or driving gas-guzzling sports-utility vehicles was among contested issues in Congress. President Barack Obama unsuccessfully pushed a cap on carbon- dioxide emissions, thought to be a leading cause of climate change, early in his administration.

Democrats sought to highlight the issue at a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee today, the first hearing on climate change in two years.

Later, Senator John Kerry, a Massachusetts Democrat and a main author of climate-change legislation, in a floor speech urged colleagues to address climate change, which he says has become an “unusable word” in American politics.

“The procrastination continues” as the scientific evidence mounts that humans are causing the planet to warm, Kerry said.

Global warming is caused by the emission of greenhouse gases . 72% of the totally emitted greenhouse gases is carbon dioxide (CO2), 18% Methane and 9% Nitrous oxide (NOx). Carbon dioxide emissions therefore are the most important cause of global warming. CO2 is inevitably created by burning fuels like e.g. oil, natural gas, diesel, organic-diesel, petrol, organic-petrol, ethanol. The emissions of CO2 have been dramatically increased within the last 50 years and are still increasing by almost 3% each year.

The more solar systems we can get out there… the better we off we are all by helping to reduce carbon emissions.