Statements about Environment
"The Republican leadership in the House has refused to address the issues that matter the most to Rhode Island, such as passing a jobs bill."
Deer baiting, planned for Block Island by DEM, is illegal in Rhode Island.
"61 percent of non-tea party Republicans actually agree...there is 'solid evidence the earth is warming,' ...[but] 70 percent of tea partiers, contrarily, say there is 'no solid evidence' the earth is warming."
In a poll, "53 percent of young Republican voters . . . under age 35 said that they would describe a climate [change] denier as 'ignorant,' 'out of touch' or 'crazy.'"
If sea levels rise six feet due to climate change, Waterplace Park in Providence and Wickford village would be swamped
"Wind power is the most undependable form of renewable energy."
Offshore wind power is "significantly less expensive than solar energy."
"Global surface temperatures have been flat for 16 years."
"For several days in July of 2012, Greenland surface ice cover melted more than at any time in 30 years of satellite observation. During that month, an estimated 97% of the ice sheet thawed."
The ocean is now "much more acidic . . . than it has been for many millions of years."
The oceans "have become 30 percent more acidic."
"RIPTA has really some of the fullest buses for its transit agency size around the country."
"Narragansett Bay waters are getting warmer -- 4 degrees Fahrenheit warmer in the winter since the 1960s."
"Even Roger Williams National Memorial in my home state of Rhode Island attracted nearly 51,000 visitors in 2011, with non local visitors adding more than $3.2 million to the local economy."
Tide gauges measuring sea level in Rhode Island since 1930 have risen "maybe about 10 inches since that time."
"In recent years, menhaden numbers along our coast have plummeted by 90 percent."
"We have more people working in clean and green energy than in oil and gas in this country."
"There are more oil rigs in operation in the United States than the rest of the world combined."
"Under the Obama administration, we are drilling and producing more domestic energy supplies than we ever had before."
After the 9/11 terrorist attacks grounded commercial air traffic, "there was a temperature drop while the airplanes weren't flying, for the week afterwards."
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