(From Ed Perry of the National Wildlife Federation)
2012 will be the hottest year on record and it’s taken super storm Sandy, estimated to cost over $50 billion, to put climate change in the headlines and on the lips of our representatives. This election season, both parties remained silent on the startling damage polluters are inflicting on our country. From 1980 to 2011, climate catastrophes in North America have increased by almost a factor of five and the United States has seen over a trillion dollars in damage caused by extreme weather.
During this election season, corporate polluters spent $270 million on television ads in an effort to convince the American public to vote in favor of dirty energy policies. Just imagine the benefit to American lungs if even a fraction of that money was spent on minimizing emissions rather than lobbying to protect the interest of big corporate polluters.
Our speakers will discuss the results of a nationwide poll of hunters and anglers on issues such as global warming, public lands, gun rights, and energy development; and the results of a poll conducted for the Pennsylvania State Legislature on the public’s interest in renewable energy and fossil fuels. Finally, we’ll discuss what this election means to our effort to tackle climate change and move our country to a cleaner energy future.
- What: A roundtable discussion of what this election means for tackling global warming and clean air issues.
- Where: Schlow Library Community Room
- When: Tuesday, November 13, at 3:00 p.m.
- Richard Ready, Professor of Agricultural and Environmental Economics, Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology and Education, Penn State University
- Pastor Marv Friesen, University Mennonite Church
- Ed Perry, National Wildlife Federation.