Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Climate change deniers dominate South Dakota Legislature

A Capital Journal survey of South Dakota state lawmakers done before the 2014 general election showed that of those lawmakers who responded, only one-third believed human-induced climate change is occurring. In contrast, half of those who responded do not believe that humans are causing climate change. Though some South Dakota lawmakers from both parties believe that human-induced climate change is occurring, there’s no bipartisan support for the idea that human-induced climate change is not occurring. That side of the issue is driven entirely by one party – Republicans – giving the discussion of climate change a distinctly partisan flavor. 
When asked whether human-induced climate change is currently occurring:
• 3 percent said yes (6 Republicans, 13 Democrats)
• 48 percent said no (27 Republicans, 0 Democrats) [Joel Ebert, Pierre Capital Journal]
In stark contrast:
We, the South Dakota Democratic Party:
• Recognize that the effects of Climate Change are and will continue to negatively impact South Dakota, and urge Federal, State, and local governments to adopt policies that manage those effects.
• Support Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) new carbon standards for coal fire power plants
• Enforcement of our state and federal environmental laws must be strictly enforced. Those responsible for polluting and/or degrading the quality of South Dakota land, air, or water must be held responsible for their actions. Prompt clean-up must be conducted at the expense of the responsible parties.
A reader of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader knows why the GOP-dominated legislature chooses cluelessness:
Furthermore, all 34 GOP-solid states will soon be pressured by ALEC, the well-known S.D. legislative crony/lobbyist, who will want state-level obstruction to EPA and nullification of the Fed Clean Power Plan. Proof abounds that we are already in the Earth’s sixth extinction period. Climate disruption is more than a potential threat. Global warming is an absolute certainty. Therefore, climate disruption will continue to plague the planet. Climate disruption has already played its hand in recent years and in various ways. Therefore, the heating of our planet will continue for many decades regardless of what we do. We simply want to slow the process down. [David L. Wegner, Congress’ budget jeopardizes life on Earth]

SDDP delegates debate the platform during the state convention in Yankton.

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