Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-Calif.) 04/18/13 02:59 PM EDT
We welcome spring after a year of extreme and record-setting climate events in the United States and worldwide. The trends today are clear. We are now seeing unprecedented changes in climate such as Hurricane Sandy, which wreaked havoc on the East Coast, causing immense human suffering and a massive federal bill. The sea level is rising, storms and weather events are increasing in severity, biological systems are migrating or disintegrating, historical glaciers are melting and ocean acidity is increasing. The evidence that human-caused climate change has begun is overwhelming, and so is the scientific consensus of this fact. Unfortunately, the impacts will only get worse, ultimately causing crushing costs to society.