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climate change

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Petition to California Governor

Stop punishing California Residents. The water problem is YOUR FAULT!

We have done our part. We have installed water saving toilets, shower-heads, sprinklers, faucets, etc. We have reduced our water consumption dramatically and are paying exorbitant fees for water and taxes. Enough is enough!  On the other hand, YOU have done nothing to prepare the State for water shortages and increased population. Blaming the weather is flatout irresponsible. You had plenty of warning. Our water system is old and not capable of sustaining growth or lack of rain. 1. Time for YOU to get to work. Find ways to bring water to the State: Water desalinization – Better, efficient, solar-powered technology is available now. The biggest ocean in the world is right next to us.  Waterpipe from Oregon/Washington States. The Columbia River dumps millions of gallons of water to the ocean everyday. Find a way to buy that water and build a pipeline to supply our aqueducts.  Talented American engineers are working in the Middle East turning deserts into tropical paradises. Consult with them. The technology is available. 2. Every action has an Equal and Opposite Reaction! Your mandate for us to cut our water usage by 25% will have serious and irreversible effects to our Eco-system:  We spent years planting trees, grass and plants, making our cars more efficient and reducing pollution to clean our air quality. We can’t go back to pollution.  Air quality and greenhouse gases will create a man-made climate change. By reducing the irrigation of our gardens, we will be killing our grass, plants and trees. This will reduce the amount of oxygen producing organisms and increase our CO2 levels affecting our greenhouse gases, damaging our air quality and increasing the number of people suffering from respiratory and pulmonary diseases. Reduced production of healthy California produce:  You are asking farmers to decrease their water usage. This will also reduce the amount of produce grown in California and kill our farming industry. The unacceptable alternative would be to import produce from China and other non-FDA regulated countries that use dangerous pesticides and fertilizers. You will seriously harm our health! California is one of the most beautiful states in the Nation. By destroying our gardens and trees, our property values will decrease. This will have negative consequences by reducing the amount the State and local municipalities collect in taxes. The reduced consumption or water will increase water pressure and instability in the old pipes and infrastructure in our larger cities. Bursts underground pipes waste more water per minute than the water we could “save” by reducing our water usage in weeks. Your punishing actions and unacceptable mediocrity are driving people away from California. STOP! 3. Money is NOT an issue: You have budgeted billions of dollars to build a high-speed train, support entitlements for undocumented workers and unnecessary government projects and bureaucracy.  This is an EMERGENCY. Re-allocate funds to get water into our States NOW! The State is collecting unprecedented and unfair amounts of money in the “Global Warming Tax”.  Use this money to prevent further global warming. We need our plants, trees and grass to reduce CO2 levels and prevent further climate change. Initiate investigations into corruption, nepotism and waste of resources in ALL of the State’s water agencies.  For example: Do we really need over 5,000 people making over $130,000 per year in salary in the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power?  200 of them make over $250,000 per year.  This is flat out corruption! 4. Mediocrity is UNACCEPTABLE:  California is the world leader when it comes to innovation, technology and human progress. We have some of the best research universities in the world like Caltech, USC, Stanford, Berkeley and others. Some of the best technology companies and the brightest minds in the world are headquartered in California.  Start an immediate program to fund research and solutions for the water mismanagement problem. Bring engineers and consultants from Israel to train our farmers on the water utilization techniques they use. Just like Space X did it for space travel, create a State-funded contest and with a prize of $10 million dollars to the entity or individual that can find better solutions.  With all these resources at your disposal, it is just impossible to believe that the only solution you can find is to further punish the citizens for your mistakes and lack of action. Get off your comfortable seats and comfy offices and GET TO WORK! Time to act and work for US, the people that pay your salaries, the citizens of California! 

Elias C
68,883 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Dean Baquet, James Bennet, Joseph Kahn, James Dao, Terry Tang, Liz Spayd, desk, Public Editor

Tell The NY Times: do not promote climate denial at your paper

Tell The New York Times that climate denial should have no place on its editorial page! Please sign and share our petition! The New York Times has hired the columnist Bret Stephens, who is on record dismissing climate change as “hysteria generated by an imperceptible temperature rise of 1.7 degrees Fahrenheit since 1880.” In his first column for the Times, “Climate of Complete Certainty,” Stephens argued that we should doubt the certainty of climate science before we call for changes in public policy to address climate change. He said it is “not entirely” true that “the science is settled” and “the threat is clear.” In fact, climate science tells us with over 90-95% certainty that if we continue to emit CO2 at our current rate we will cause the planet to warm between 3-5.5 °C over the coming ninety years. Uncertainty in the modeling is already accounted for by the range of projected temperatures. Even 3°C warming would be catastrophic for human beings everywhere. 3°C warming would destroy agricultural systems that feed millions of people, incite fatal droughts and heat waves, and flood our costal cities, rendering them uninhabitable. It is only by taking immediate steps to decarbonize our global economy – even bigger steps than were outlined in the 2016 Paris Agreement – that we have any hope to hold warming at 2°C and preserve our current way of life. The world's most respected climate scientists have signed an open letter calling Stephens' work “inaccurate and misleading.” (You can read that letter here: https://www.climatefactsfirst.org) And indeed Stephens is spreading the disinformation campaign developed by Exxon and its lobbyists in the 1990's (a campaign first exposed, in a somewhat painful irony, by The New York Times itself). This campaign uses the tobacco-industry playbook of minimizing and distorting scientific research into the hazards of smoking to minimize and distort scientific discoveries about the dangers of burning fossil fuels. The connections between tobacco-industry and fossil-fuel-industry propaganda have been well documented, for example in Merchants of Doubt by Naomi Oreskes, Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University. By claiming that Bret Stephens' arguments fall safely within "a range of views" that reasonable people may debate, The New York Times is legitimating the dangerous lie that there is enough uncertainty in the climate science to make us question whether we need to phase out fossil fuel consumption. In seeming to provide its readers with different viewpoints about climate change, The New York Times is in fact reinforcing and amplifying one viewpoint: that of the fossil-fuel industry and the climate-deniers in the Trump administration who are spreading the fake news that we must debate the science before policymakers act. Legitimating fake news about climate is irresponsible and dangerous. Every one of us who signs this petition has a deeply personal reason for protesting the hiring of Stephens by The New York Times. I am lucky to have a seven-year-old boy who I and his father love more than anything in the world; we will fight tirelessly to leave him a planet on which he can live safely and, if he wishes, have children of his own to love with equal ferocity. We trust that the Editors of The New York Times have similar hopes for a livable future. We urge the Times to remember that only its commitment to the truth enables it to fulfill the public trust and maintain the broad readership that has made The New York Times America's paper of record. We call on The New York Times to rescind its offer to Bret Stephens and instead hire a columnist committed to advancing his political position without using lies to support his argument.

Genevieve Guenther
36,137 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Eric Greitens, Caleb Rowden, Martha Stevens

Transition to Clean Energy Sources in Missouri

Missouri should reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 21.3 percent of 2005 levels by 2030 in accordance with the Clean Power Plan proposed by President Obama in 2014. Missouri should then invest in clean and renewable energy sources like solar, wind, and natural gas. Currently about 75% of Missouri's energy supply comes from coal plants according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. These coal plants emit carbon dioxide into the atmosphere contributing to climate change. By switching to clean energy like solar panels, windmills, and natural gas Missouri can reduce it's carbon dioxide emissions and help combat climate change. Missouri Governor Greitens can lead the push for Missouri to transition away from burning fossil fuels and towards clean renewable energy. Climate change affects everyone no matter where they live. Climate change can cause increased flooding and heavy storms in some areas while causing extreme droughts in others. All of this potentially fatal weather is caused by an increase of heat because heat is less able to escape to space because the atmosphere is clogged with heat retaining carbon dioxide.  Climate change is also wreaking havoc on wildlife around the world. As the ice melts in the Arctic polar bears are running out of ice to live on. Without ice they can't properly hunt and can be stranded on lone chunks of ice. In fact all populations of animals living on the polar ice have declined in recent years. (National Geographic) Humans only make more carbon dioxide; they don't take it in. That leaves the carbon dioxide to the plants, ocean and soil of the Earth. When the ocean takes in carbon dioxide it becomes more acidic, killing wildlife like coral reefs. Except for human deforestation which decreases the amount of trees turning carbon dioxide into oxygen. This is called the bathtub effect; humans are increasing the carbon dioxide faucet while closing the drain that lets it escape.(EPA) Clean energy is cost effective, has no pollution, and will never run out of supply. Coal and oil supplies will run out and Missouri will be better off having started the transition to clean energy before then. Solar and wind energy are in endless supply and are more than capable to power the whole state. Everyone on Earth is affected by climate change; it is time to make an effort to save our world.

Kellen Clowe
24 supporters