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Published by Lucia Graves
OFA talking points on keystone
OFA talking points on keystone

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The scientific consensus is that climate change is occurring, is caused largely by humanactivities, and poses significant risks for public health and welfare. There is no significantscientific disagreement on these facts.
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The science behind climate change is not in dispute. In 2012, a member of the NationalScience Board reviewed over 13,000 peer-reviewed scientific papers on Climate Change,and found only a few dozen that questioned the idea of climate change. (
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Climate Change is caused by increased levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere,caused by human activity like burning fossil fuels and land use changes. CO2 traps
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In order to prevent the worst effects of climate change, we must reduce our carbonemissions in this country and globally.Impacts of Climate Change
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Climate Change is happening. The 12 hottest years on record have all come in the last 15.
 
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Heat waves, droughts, wildfires, and floods are all now more frequent and intense, andare projected to worsen in the future. (
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Climate Change could cause sea levels to rise between 2-5 feet by 2100, causing gravedamage to coastal cities and communities. (
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Climate change will have other severe economic impacts, causing disruptions across our economy, including in the energy, agricultural, and transportation sectors. (
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President Obama has said that we must respond to the threat of climate change, knowingthat the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. Over the lastfour years, our carbon emissions have actually fallen. But we must do more to combatclimate change.
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Climate change is real, and while some may still deny it, none can avoid the devastatingimpact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms.
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The President wants Congress to pursue a bipartisan, market-based solution to climate
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actions to reduce carbon pollution.
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President Obama has made historic investments in clean energy development that havecreated hundreds of thousands of jobs and doubled the amount of electricity we get fromwind and solar.
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The Obama Administration has doubled fuel economy standards for cars, which willreduce greenhouse gas emissions and save consumers thousands of dollars at the pump.
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We can make meaningful progress on this issue while driving strong economic growth.Solar energy gets cheaper by the year, and last year, wind energy added nearly half of allnew power capacity in America.Keystone Talking Points
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