Peter Harrison & Mt St Helens | Candidate for Congress in SW Washington 3rd CD

Smoking industrial smokestackNew industries, new jobs, and a secure future. We must get serious about Climate Change.

  • Man-made CO2 emissions are responsible for year after year of of record-breaking high temperatures. Those same CO2 emissions are also making our oceans and rivers more acid, threatening our state’s fishing and shellfish industries.
  • 29 out of every 30 scientists agree that climate change is real and is man-made. Well over half of all Americans agree climate change is real and man-made. It is to listen to our scientists and our instincts and start doing something about it.
  • The US is one of the world’s largest COemitters. We must take the lead in developing new technologies and creating green economy jobs that shift us away from fossil fuels to the greener, more sustainable energy sources of the future.

Today’s 8th graders have lived through five of the hottest years on record. 2005 was the hottest year ever until 2010, then 2010 the hottest until 2014 which was replaced by 2015 and then 2016¹. The world’s science community agrees this pattern of record-setting heat is the result of human-caused climate change, and we must act or future generations will suffer from excessive heat, food shortages, drought, wildfires, the spread of tropical diseases like malaria and the Zika virus.

These things are not expected to happen in some distant future, but to today’s 8th graders. We are already experiencing extreme weather events more frequently, experiencing more droughts, more firestorms. Increasing in CO2 levels are changing the chemistry of our oceans and waterways, making it more difficult for shellfish to grow their shells, impacting our coastal shellfish industries and jobs. Scientists agree climate change is real and man-made and most Americans agree².

Today’s Republican Congress does not believe in Climate Change. The head of both the House and Senate Subcommittees for Science, Space and Technology, Republicans Lamar Smith and Ted Cruz, are attorneys and climate change deniers with no science background. Our country cannot address the threat of climate change when the people heading our science programs deny the importance of science. Our current Congresswoman for Southwest Washington is no better, and votes with them to cut budgets and cancel programs that address climate change issues. Congressional Republicans are acting immorally and unethically by failing to address threats to our children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren.

Unlike the Chairmen of Congress’s Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittees, I have degrees in science and technology, one in Biology with a minor in Chemistry and another in Computer Science. I have seen how the power of science has helped us make it to the moon and cure disease, and I know scientists can help us address climate change if our political leaders would only listen to them.

The path to a carbon-free future is not a short one. Today’s roads have many gasoline-powered cars on them that are 20 years old and older, and gasoline-burning cars being sold today will be in use 20 years from now, too. So will our home’s natural gas furnaces and other fossil-fuel dependent technologies built into our daily lives. One does not simply flip a switch and convert to a new set of energy sources, which is why we need to get started now.

No other candidate in Southwest Washington is better qualified to address the dangers of climate change. As your Congressman I will commit myself to addressing this crisis, to developing strategies that invest in science and research, that create new energy jobs and technologies that put people to work and wean us off of fossil fuels.

New research. New technology. New jobs. A better future. This is why I’m asking you to send me to Congress, so I can work on these and other important issues affecting us, our families, our children and grand children here in Washington State.

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Our Congresswoman opposes measures that support climate science and address climate change

  • She voted “Aye” (yes) to prevent the EPA from taking any action “relating to or taking into consideration the emission of a greenhouse gas (GHG) to address climate change.” (HR 910)
  • She voted “Aye” (yes) to “[Exclude] GHGs from the definition of “air pollutant” for purposes of addressing climate change. (HR 3409)
  • She voted “Aye” (yes) to prevent  funds set aside for science from being used for the U.S. Global Climate Research Program. (HR 4660)

1) Science News, 2016 warmest year on record globally, NASA and NOAA data show,
2) John D. Sutter, CNN, Trump doesn’t represent American views on climate change: a visual guide,

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