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Man has lost the capacity to foresee and to forestall. He will end by destroying the earth. Albert Schweitzer
Climate change affects the occurrence and spread of disease by impacting the population size and range of hosts and pathogens, the length of transmission season, and the timing and intensity of outbreaks. Union of Concerned Scientists
A cap and trade system would put some kind of price on the carbon footprint. John Sarbanes
We will never have 100 percent certainty except in hindsight. Tom Steyer
Climate Change Is No Joke Fossil Fuels Are Soooo Prehistoric Anonymous
Climate change is a sanctity of human life issue. Richard Cizik
We tend to describe climate change in terms that are abstract—a one degree rise in temperature, an increase in green house gasses—but when waves wash away a village, that’s concrete and very emotional. Igor Krupnik
There are those who say that climate change is a hoax, a concoction of radical environmentalists and a liberal media. That is simply hogwash.... To ignore and dismiss the threat of climate change to the economy and the environment is like insisting the earth is flat. Jim Jeffords
It has been acknowledged for many years the current level of human population growth is unsustainable and places acute pressure on global resources. Human activity is exacerbating global warming, and higher population levels inevitably mean higher emissions and more climate change victims. Roger Martin
There is a lot of money getting spent to make sure that a very substantial portion of the public stays totally confused about this. And, I mean, it’s been really quite pernicious. But there’s been literally tens of millions of dollars spent on every little thing that comes along that might, you know, relate to some uncertainty. M. Granger Morgan
The carbon lobby knew perfectly well that global warming posed real dangers, but it chose to deny those dangers and disparage anyone who sought to bring them to public attention. The lobby put its immediate economic interests ahead of humanity’s future well-being. Mark Hertsgaard
Climate change had arrived a century sooner than expected, and future generations were no longer the only victims. Mark Hertsgaard
The need for general scientific understanding by the public has never been larger, and the penalty for scientific illiteracy never harsher… Lack of scientific fundamentals causes people to make foolish decisions about issues such as the toxicity of chemicals, the efficacy of medicines, the changes in the global climate. Peter Agre
Some time this century, the day will arrive when the human influence on the climate will overwhelm all natural factors.` Tim Flannery
Christian parents must also understand that they are destined not only to propagate and preserve the human race on earth Pius XI
If humans pursue a business-as-usual course for the first half of this century, I believe the collapse of civilization due to climate change becomes inevitable. Tim Flannery
The most important thing to the Christian community is not the environment but evangelism. John Hagee
The real world is somebody is going to win; somebody is going to lose. There are costs to everything, but if you make the long term investment which is investment in education, public health and infrastructure, then we will have a better world. Michael Bloomberg
The costs of not doing these things dwarf the costs of doing them. The problem is that people don’t think about ‘Oh you saved my life’ and they don’t say thank you for that—and they don’t want to spend any money for the possibility of saving their life unless they are actually facing something. What government should be about is leading from the front and explaining … that people don’t want to spend any money, but … it costs more money to not do it... New York City’s average life expectancy is three years longer than any place else in America. Michael Bloomberg
With the growing urgency of climate change, we cannot have it both ways. We cannot shout from the rooftops about the dangers of global warming and then turn around and shout even louder about the "dangers" of windmills. David Suzuki
If we don't change, our species will not survive... Frankly, we may get to the point where the only way of saving the world will be for industrial civilization to collapse. Maurice Strong
We do know that global warming has led to the increase in number and intensity of weather events. Bill Clinton
Restoration of peatlands is a low hanging fruit, and among the most cost-effective options for mitigating climate change. Achim Steiner
The time has passed when nations should be allowed to do as they individually wish with regard to global matters, each striving solely in its own interests, with the more powerful now able to destroy all humanity and more. For the common good, we need to frame and abide by a higher system of law and justice, designed with less national, more godlike, perspectives for the preservation and welfare of the biosphere as a whole. Roger Wolcott Sperry
Global warming' is just the latest in a long line of hysterical crusades to which we seem to be increasingly susceptible. Thomas Sowell
We simply must do everything we can in our power to slow down global warming before it is too late... The science is clear. The global warming debate is over. Arnold Schwarzenegger
Scientists themselves readily admit that they do not fully understand the consequences of our many-faceted assault upon the interwoven fabric of atmosphere, water, land and life in all its biological diversity. But things could also turn out to be worse than the current scientific best guess. In military affairs, policy has long been based on the dictum that we should be prepared for the worst case. Why should it be so different when the security is that of the planet and our long-term future? Prince Charles
The number of hypotheses and theories about climate change are numerous. Quite naturally they have caught the public attention, as any proof of past climactic change points to the possibility of future climate change, which inevitably will have significant implications for global economics. Eduard Bruckner
I gone on for years about the importance of thinking about the long term in relation to the environmental damage, climate change, and everything else because we don’t want to hand on an increasingly dysfunctional world to our grandchildren and I do not want to be confronted by my future grandchild saying, “Well why didn’t you do something?” Prince Philip
We may well blow each other up with atomic weapons before we wipe out all species of life including our own with more gradual means. Robert N. Bellah
Some of the scientists, I believe, haven’t they been changing their opinion a little bit on global warming? There’s a lot of differing opinions and before we react I think it’s best to have the full accounting, full understanding of what’s taking place. George W. Bush
We need to connect the dots between climate, poverty, energy, food and water. These issues cannot be addressed in isolation Ban Ki-moon
Climate change is a real thing that is happening in the Maldives. It is not something in the future… We are only 1.5 meters above sea level. Fossil fuel technology is obsolete; it has been around for too long. Mohamed Nasheed
Climate Change is a fact! David Dreier
The hotter summers get, the more we become dependent on air-conditioning, and the more of it we use, which ensures that summers will be even hotter.” Stan Cox
Scientific method isn't about winning popularity contests. It's also not about being with the majority opinion. It isn't supposed be determined by politics. It is about attempting to limit bias or prejudice in the results David A. Ridenour
Global Warming knows no border. It does not discriminate. It affects us all. Lars Lokke Rasmussen
The [Republican] party has no future. It can’t win with a base that is at war with math, physics, human biology, economics, and common-sense gun laws all at the same time. Thomas Friedman
What was once a 100-year flood will happen every 3 to 20 years. And truly catastrophic storms will do damage unimaginable today. Kate Sheppard
The biggest drag on global growth in the coming decade will be climate change and the failure to adequately deal with the consequences of poverty. Daniel Bradlow
We can beat back the forces of climate change, but we must choose to do so. You’re either on the side of your fellow residents of this planet, or you are on the side of the storms as yet unnamed. Christopher L. Hayes
Doing everything the scientists wanted us to do [to protect the environment] would be ruinous. Richard V. Allen
I accept that climate change is a challenge, I accept the broad theory about global warming. I am skeptical about a lot of the more gloomy predictions. John Howard
Global warming is socialism in drag. Steve Forbes
Pollution, overfishing, the destruction of habitats, and climate change are emptying the oceans and enabling the lowest forms of life to regain their dominance. Alan B. Sielen
Over the last several decades, human activity have so altered the basic chemistry of the seas that they are now experiencing evolution in reverse to the barren primeval waters of hundreds of millions of years ago. Alan B. Sielen
The rejection of the scientific consensus on climate change is one of the many examples of populist revolt against expert consensus in the United States today. Walter Russell Mead
If an unfriendly nation gets into a position to control the large-scale weather patterns before we can, the result could even be more disastrous than nuclear warfare. Howard T. Orville
… work [jobs] and the environment should not be played off against each other. Johannes Rau
Among all of our uncertainties weather is the most basic. We can’t live without it and we can’t control it. Edmund G. Brown Jr.
Droughts come and go, but this one is so extreme that it will doubtless affect the discussion of climate change. Karen Ross
Scientific method isn't about winning popularity contests. It's also not about being with the majority opinion. It isn't supposed be determined by politics. It is about attempting to limit bias or prejudice in the results David A. Ridenour
Clearly there’s going to be an impact. So I’m not disputing that increasing CO2 emissions are in the atmosphere is going to have an impact. It will have a warming impact. It’s an engineering problem and it has engineering solutions. Rex Tillerson
We’re the first generation to feel the impact of climate change and the last generation that can do something about it. Jay Inslee
Science is science, and there is no doubt that if we burned all the fossil fuels that are in the ground right now that the planet’s going to get too hot and the consequences could be dire. Barack Obama
The thing about climate change is that you’ll never know for sure until it’s way too late. Thomas Friedman
The economic impacts of global warming and climate change are every bit as real as the environmental impact.. Henry Paulson
If you wait until you have all the facts, then it will be too late.. Henry Paulson
Some people who oppose a carbon tax do so only because they don’t want the government to have a big role. The irony is that by opposing it, they assure that the government will have a big role dealing with the effects of climate change Henry Paulson
These days everything is discussed in terms of political partisan perspective including the weather—especially the weather. Fareed Zakaria
God thawed the Arctic so we can drill there. Brian McFadden
The risks brought about by climate change are a major concern. It goes without notice—unless people find out that 12 of the last 13 biggest climatic disorders have occurred in the last 10 years. Christine Lagarde
It is true that, in theory, we can avoid the worst consequences of climate change with an intensive global effort over the next several decades. But given real-world economic and, in particular, political realities, that seems unlikely. Robert N. Stavins
The world is now on track to more than double current greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere by the end of the century. This would push up average global temperatures by three to eight degrees Celsius and could mean the disappearance of glaciers, droughts in the mid-to-low latitudes, decreased crop productivity, increased sea levels and flooding, vanishing islands and coastal wetlands, greater storm frequency and intensity, the risk of species extinction and a significant spread of infectious disease. Robert N. Stavins
The average global temperature has increased by about 0.8 degrees Celsius since 1880, with two-thirds of the warming occurring since 1975. Robert N. Stavins
China may achieve its goal of reducing the carbon intensity of its economy (the ratio of carbon dioxide emissions per unit of output) by 45 percent below its 2005 level by 2020. But the country is growing so fast that its coal consumption and greenhouse gas emissions are expected to continue to increase. China is expected to add the equivalent of a new 500-megawatt coal-fired electric plant every 10 days for the next decade... Robert N. Stavins
Rather than rewarding today’s voters with benefits financed by future generations, as Congress typically does, solving the climate problem will require costly actions now to protect those who will follow us. Robert N. Stavins
The only way we can hope to combat climate change, protect our precious land and water, and prevent future extreme weather disasters is to cut the carbon pollution that’s warming our planet, and replace dirty energy sources with clean, renewable sources. Robert Redford
We have not done those things that are necessary to lower emissions because those things conflict with deregulated capitalism. We are stuck, because those things that would give us the best chance of averting catastrophe … are extremely threatening to an elite minority that has a strangle-hold over our economy, our political process, and most of our major media outlets. Naomi Klein
No water—no jobs. Shini Somara
Climate change is a global problem. Its impacts do not respect national borders. No nation can deal with it alone. We must all work together, building joint capability to deal with these emerging threats. . Chuck Hagel
We have hysteria over climate change. Powers bigger than us have already figured out how to save the earth. Bob Beauprez
No challenge is more of a threat to our children than global warming. Barack Obama
Global warming might be the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people. James Inhofe
Global warming is the greatest hoax perpetrated on the American people James Inhofe
The issues at the core of our national debates are more complicated than can be explained in soundbites and slogans by talking-heads and special guests. The media caters to our TL;DR-afflicted nation with over-simplified lowest common denominator journalism which completely fails us when the issues are not black-or-white or when the answers require caveats. Nuanced discussions don’t make attention grabbing headlines or dramatic journalistic copy so media reporting disproportionately accentuates extreme perspectives to create the conflict-drama that drives viewers and readership. The resulting rhetoric polarizes rather than convinces. Darren Remington
Climate science is to this century what eugenics was to the last century. Sarah Palin
Climate does fluctuate. It goes from hot to cold. We have ice ages. David H. Koch
Climate change has been going on as long as the planet is here. There will be a little bit of it. We can’t stop it. Rupert Murdoch
The most galling examples are people who argue against researching geoengineering on the basis that we already know how to solve the climate problem. To them, the climate problem is a done deal, we just haven’t implemented yet. I think that is just absurd, but you see smart people make this argument. Nathan Myhrvold
Companies that are owners and producers of oil, natural gas, or coal reserves are excluded from our mutual funds. As inverstors we are not simply passive actors. Each investment is a decision to allocate capital. We should be mindful or the wider implications. This is particualrly true for climate change, which places all life at risk. We are now living on a planet whose atmosphere ahs changed int one that no human being has ever excperienced before. Amy Domini
Global Warming -- a lot of it is a hoax. It's a hoax. Donald Trump
The ice doesn't care who's in the White House. It doesn't care which party controls your congress. It doesn't care which party controls your parliament. It just melts. David Titley
We basically have three choices: mitigation, adaptation and suffering. We’re going to do some of each. The question is what the mix is going to be. The more mitigation we do, the less adaptation will be required and the less suffering there will be. John Holdren
Why do today's non-stop shocks -- why don't they spur us into action? Why don't they produce leaps? Especially when it comes to climate change. Naomi Klein
The business case for the Paris agreement has nothing to do with climate change. It goes like this: It is better to be part of any confab than outside of it. Like saluting the flag or bowing your head in church, there is no cost to being insincere, but there is a cost to not going along. Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.
Things happen slower than you think that they will, but when they do occur, they happen much faster than you think they will. Rudi Dornbusch
This is not a time for “patience” — Donald Trump is not fit for office. It is evident that there is zero reason to believe “he can be a good president.” Whether by the nature of Mr. Trump’s relationship with Vladimir Putin and Russia, his willingness to exploit the office of the Presidency for his personal gain and treat the government like a family enterprise, his conduct during Charlottesville, his decision to pull out of the Paris climate accords, or his seeming determination to take the nation to war, he has violated the Constitution, the office of the Presidency, and the trust of the public. He is a clear and present danger to the United States of America.... Given Trump’s total lack of fitness for office, the question of impeachment becomes a very real issue ....There is no moral reason to remain silent about this. Constitutional experts ... have already laid out clear legal and historical foundations for impeachment. Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, a co-author of the Federalist Papers — and an immigrant himself — argued that “high crimes and misdemeanors” could be defined as “abuse or violation of some public trust.” This president has clearly already exceeded these standards. Congress has impeached past presidents for far less. Tom Steyer
So why don't people like this idea? Why isn't it taken more seriously? And there are some very good reasons for that. A lot of people really don't think we should be talking about this at all .... And the reason is that they're concerned that if people imagine there's some easy way out, that we won't give up our addiction to fossil fuels. And I do worry about that. I think it's actually a serious problem. But there's also, I think, a deeper problem, which is: nobody likes the idea of messing with the entire earth -- I certainly don't. I love this planet, I really do. And I don't want to mess with it. But we're already changing our atmosphere, we're already messing with it. And so I think it makes sense for us to look for ways to mitigate that impact. And we need to do research to do that. We need to understand the science behind that. Danny Hillis

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