The 2012 Democrat platform predicts “catastrophic natural disasters” without more government regulation.
The platform warns that climate change is “one of the biggest threats” facing mankind today (emphasis added):
“We know that global climate change is one of the biggest threats of this generation – an economic, environmental, and national security catastrophe in the making.”
It goes on to paint a picture of apocalyptic doom if the government doesn’t stop the planet from overheating:
“The national security threat from climate change is real, urgent, and severe. The change wrought by a warming planet will lead to new conflicts over refugees and resources; new suffering from drought and famine; catastrophic natural disasters; and the degradation of vital ecosystems across the globe.”
The platform states that Democrats “affirm the science of climate change” and chastises those who are “so far to the right” that they dare to doubt it:
“We affirm the science of climate change, commit to significantly reducing the pollution that causes climate change, and know we have to meet this challenge by driving smart policies that lead to greater growth in clean energy generation and result in a range of economic and social benefits.”
“Our opponents have moved so far to the right as to doubt the science of climate change, advocate the selling of our federal lands, and threaten to roll back environmental protections that safeguard public health. Their leaders deny the benefits of the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts – benefits like job creation, health, and the prevention of tens of thousands of premature deaths each year. They ignore the jobs that are created by promoting outdoor recreation, cleaning up our air, and promoting a healthy environment.”
Democrats also accuse climate change of discrimination, and promise to enforce the principles of “environmental justice”:
“We understand that global climate change may disproportionately affect the poor, and we are committed to environmental justice.”
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