VISTA — About 20 residents who are a part of the local chapter of Organizing for Action gathered outside of Darrell Issa’s office Wednesday afternoon in hopes of moving the needle on climate change.
Organizing for Action is a national volunteer group that was created to promote President Barack Obama’s legislative priorities on climate change and other matters.
Issa, the representative of the 49th Congressional District, wasn’t available to speak with Organizing for Action at the time. But the group was told he’s open to talking climate change legislation at a later date.
Those from Organizing for Action submitted that residents should follow the military’s lead when it comes to interrelated issues like energy scarcity and climate change.
“The Department of Defense is not only educating our troops on energy efficiency, sustainability and water conservation at home, but is also deploying these measures and clean-energy technology into the battlefield,” said Elizabeth Perez, a military veteran.
Issa has expressed skepticism over climate change in the past.
His website states: “One of the difficulties in examining the issue of climate change and greenhouse gases is that there is a wide range of scientific opinion on the issue and the science community does not agree to the extent of the problem or the critical threshold of when this problem is truly catastrophic.”
Dwain Deets, a retired NASA flight director, said that manmade climate change is a reality.
He cited a recent study, published in the journal Environmental Research Letters, stating that 97 percent of peer-reviewed papers agree that human activity is driving climate change.
He added the issue poses serious problems for the nation in terms of energy and environmental concerns.
Earlier this year, Obama said he would tackle climate change in his State of the Union speech. His administration has yet to release a specific plan addressing the issue.
Organizing for Action is a 501 (c) 4. Since forming in January, it has raised $4.8 million as of mid-April.
Some, including open government groups like Common Cause, have criticized the national organization for not disclosing more information about its donors.