Dem to GOP: Climate Change Threatening America’s Coastline ‘From Sea to Shining Sea’

By Penny Starr | August 19, 2013 | 4:06 PM EDT

( – Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) stated on the House floor last month that Republicans should acknowledge that climate change “is real and it’s already affecting the earth in profound ways,” including the United States of America.

“Unpredictable and destructive weather patterns are making it harder for farmers to grow crops, while rising sea levels threaten our coastal cities and beaches from sea to shining sea,” Johnson said.

“The scientific consensus is clear: Human activity is causing our planet to warm to dangerous levels. Scientists agree that higher temperatures are raising sea levels and driving severe weather patterns that threaten our economy and our way of life,” the congressman said.

“Here in Congress, the [House] majority refuses to even acknowledge that we have a problem while the rest of the world seems to understand that it’s the moral imperative of our time,” he said.

“I urge my colleagues to put politics aside, listen to the science, and come together and begin to help prevent the worst effects of climate change,” Johnson said.

As previously reported, in a June 20 interview with Spiegel Online, German climate scientist Hans von Storch said that despite predictions of a warming planet, the temperature data for the past 15 years shows an increase of 0.06 or “very close to zero.”

“So far, no one has been able to provide a compelling answer to why climate change seems to be taking a break,” Storch said, adding that “recent CO2 emissions have actually risen even more steeply than we feared.”

“As a result, according to most climate models, we should have seen temperatures rise by around 0.25 degrees Celsius (0.45 degrees Fahrenheit) over the past 10 years,” he added.