Whenever we have a snow or ice storm, we can count on the climate change deniers to proclaim that the current weather conditions prove global warming is a hoax. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Written by Laureen Peck
Just because we are experiencing a record-breaking chill, that doesn’t mean climate change is not real. The fact is that there is a big difference between weather and climate. Climate represents the average of weather over at least a 30-year period. So, variations in the norm, like unusually harsh winter storms in the Southeast or WAY below zero temperatures in Chicago this winter do not refute the science of human-induced global warming.
According to the NASA, the 10 warmest years on record have occurred since 1997. NOAA reports that recent decades have been the warmest since at least around 1000 AD, and that the warming we’ve seen since the late 19th century is unprecedented over the last 1,000 years.
The scientific consensus is that climate change real, it has been accelerated by burning fossil fuels and is a threat to our economy, our national security and our health. To view the Fourth National Climate Assessment, the most recent, comprehensive government report on how climate change is affecting the USA, go to https://nca2018.globalchange.gov/
No matter what you may hear from those who benefit in some way from the fossil fuel industry, frigid weather does not mean we do not have to deal with climate change. The good news is that there is an easy way to reduce your own carbon footprint so you can do your part to help slow down the worst effects of climate change. One of the fastest, most effective ways for you to do this is to start running your home on sunshine. An added bonus for solar-powered homeowners is they can turn up their thermostat when it is freezing outside and still pay LESS for electricity than people who are not solar-powered!
Today, with a Solar PPA, (Power Purchase Agreement) homeowners can literally pay $0 for solar panels and install to lock in an electricity rate that is 20-30% less than what they paid to their utility before going solar. Most people think of this as a no-brainer. You pay nothing to save money on energy costs AND reduce pollution!
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