Written by KEF Director Heather Warman as an op-editorial for the Lexington Herald-Leader. Find the original op-ed here.
Earlier this month, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued its Fifth Assessment Report—a sobering document that outlines both the human effects on climate change and the consequences of inaction. Specifically, the report cites the dithering by our elected leaders as worsening the situation, as greenhouse gas emissions are increasing more dramatically than ever. However, the report did offer a ray of hope: that there is still a window of time to begin reversing the effects of climate change, and that the political will to do so is rising around the world.
Unfortunately, that is not the case here in Kentucky. Many of our elected officials and candidates continue to deny the existence of climate change, or that much of it is manmade. The coal industry continues to exert its influence on this issue, branding any efforts to regulate greenhouse gas emissions as a fictional War on Coal.
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