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Pro-Obama group urges Issa to take action on climate change

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.

Dwain Deets, a retired NASA flight director, said manmade climate change is a reality. Photo by Jared Whitlock
Dwain Deets, a retired NASA flight director, said manmade climate change is a reality. Photo by Jared Whitlock

“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.

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Colleen Lukoff May 30, 2013 at 3:09 pm

Glad to see this coverage, and the tie with our military leaders who, do, indeed, “see the light” when it comes to humanity’s impact on the climate, and the changes it is bringing. I hope some progress can be made here.

farmrdave May 30, 2013 at 5:45 pm

I agree that Darrell Issa needs to pursue man caused global warming. All those in our government that support such a blatant hoax should be stripped of their position and their retirement benefits.

Debbie Peterson May 30, 2013 at 11:05 pm

There is no global warming. There are climate cycles, just like every other cycle. Al Gore should be charged with crimes against the state for his disbursement of misinformation that has caused untold harm to young people, growing up with this false threat. While he made millions, young people were frightened for their future. They were made to feel as if there was no future – was no hope. He is, in my estimation, a criminal, for robbing this generation of joy and hope for a future.

Debbie Peterson May 30, 2013 at 11:12 pm

I guess Dwain Deets didn’t read the hacked CRU (Climate Research Unit, Anglia) emails that said the Peer reviews were hand selected so that only those supporting Global warming (Oh that’s right, because the earth is cooling, now, we are calling it climate change) were chosen to review the pro-global warming articles. It wasn’t peer review…it was PRO-review. With a degree in biology – I have been a disciple of the scientific process for 50 years. That process was thrown out the window by the CRU, fifteen years ago. Their lack of scientific process is embarrassing for all of us who subscribe to it.

Joe June 3, 2013 at 10:24 am

50yrs in biology and you don’t believe the evidence for climate change! Time to go back to school and update your education. Btw. Even if climate change is a conspiracy we should still work towards sustainability. Fact of the matter is that nobody has offered evidence to the contrary, like any biologist would do. Sources? Evidence to back up your hypothesis?

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