Tell the Virginia Climate Commission to support a science-based greenhouse gas reduction goal

And send Congress a strong message on global warming

80% Reduction Needed The VA Climate Commission, a diverse panel of leaders and stakeholders from all over the state, is preparing recommendations to address global warming.  Governor Kaine created the Commission and requested recommendations to achieve a 30% reduction in the projected volume of greenhouse gases emitted in the state by 2025.  In other words, under this goal, emissions will still increase until 2025, but it would be 30% less of an increase than if there were no plan at all. 

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a world body of over 2,000 scientists, concluded that to avoid the worst effects of global climate change, the world as a whole needs to achieve an 80% reduction in emissions from 1990 levels by 2050.  This is a considerably steeper cut in emissions than a 30% reduction from a projected 2025 level, the current Virginia goal.

E-mail the Commission:  The Commission needs to hear from people now.  They will make recommendations in mid-October.  E-mail the Virginia Climate Commissioners at climatechange@deq.virginia.govAsk them to adopt the 80% by 2050 reduction goal recommended by world scientists. 

Virginia’s U. S. Representatives and Senators look to the state Climate Commission’s recommendations to judge how serious and urgent global warming is to Virginians.  If the Commission recommends steps aimed at achieving only a 30% reduction from 2025 levels, this sends a signal that Virginians consider global warming to be neither serious nor urgent.

Strong, scientifically-based recommendations in the state Climate Commission’s report, especially the 80% reduction by 2050 recommended by world scientists, can help convince members of Congress that Virginians want to stop global warming.

Points you could make:

  • Virginians support strong steps by every level of government, the private sector and the public to combat global warming.
  • Setting a scientifically-based emissions reduction goal of 80% by 2050, as recommended by world scientists, is necessary to effectively curb global warming. Virginia’s Climate Commission should send a strong signal to Virginia’s Members of Congress that says we want strong action to combat global warming.
  • Virginia’s Hampton Roads region will be the second most impacted region of the country from the effects of global warming.  Governor Kaine has said that the state can make a strong contribution, but the federal government has the largest role to play in reducing greenhouse gases.

Why 80% by 2050?  Prevents global temperature rise of up to 11 degrees F; lowers the risk of raised sea levels; curbs extreme weather events; stems increased disease; mitigates widespread species extinctions and habitat shifts; improves the quality of life. 


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